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Pastor Brant Seacrist

APRIL 14, 2019


TEXT:  LUKE 19: 29-40

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SUBJ: The public entry of our Lord into Jerusalem with the declaration that He is the King coming in the Name of the Lord and that declared in the mouths of true worshipers.

AIM: That we might not be swayed by the trappings of human religion and see what He would have us to understand by the manner of His declaration.

INTR: While we observe the proceedings of this event we would understand that this is a prescribed declaration of who He is and what He would accomplish and that true believers would see Him as such.
1. Circumstances were so ordered as to confound the wise and the mighty.
2. It is to be remembered that we use the word “triumph” here in that he would in a few days declare victory over sin and death from a Roman cross.
3. May we be reminded of the His own position of humility as we lay claim to eternal glory in Him in all His majesty and splendor.

THESIS: Our Lord manifested in His earthly sojourn the humility that should be in each of us so that the glory of God is not realized in the terms of this present world.

I. The arrangements for this momentous event (vv. 29-35)
1. We would consider first the prophecy from the Old Testament: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. Zechariah 9:9.
2. It might have seemed to the disciples a strange request when they were directed to retrieve the colt.
3. The cooperation of the owner’s may have surprised them as well, but at the words “The Lord hath need of him” was enough (whether of providential operations or that they knew of whom they were speaking). If the colt were firstborn, he would have had to be redeemed.
4. Next, we consider the submission of the unbroken colt. The lesson to be seen here is that it was not that the Lord required one that nobody else had sat on; but that this animal would submit to Him as creator thus putting rebellious men to shame (For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt. Job 11:12).
5. The humble scene was set. Personal clothing was furnished for Jesus to sit on and He was put on the animal’s back
1) The Royal procession was furnished in
2) Stark contrast to the pomp and ceremony of the Kings of the earth.

II. The announcement to be made (vv. 36-38)
1. There was to be no press conference nor would there be a call to grant earthly fame; it would rather be the voicings of common people having sensed something that this was the Messiah and having their inhibitions removed declared loudly the praises due Him by all.
2. Assuredly they had seen the mighty works and had believed Him to be of God but there was more:
1) They saw what had been declared of old: 6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Psalms 2:6-7.
2) They expressed outwardly (spreading garments and branches) as best they could what they gloriously sensed in their hearts –This is the King indeed!
3) They were drawn out in true uninhibited worship and cried loudly what had been revealed to them: Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. Psalms 118:26
4) This would have been at great peril to themselves in that acknowledging any king by Caesar was dangerous.
5) They were echoing what the Angel had declared at His birth.

III. The arguments answered (vv. 39-40)
1. It seemed that some of the Pharisees were always about seeking occasion against Jesus and it is no surprise that they expressed outrage at this wonderful announcement and the worship that attended it.
2. True worship is not to be stifled in either occurrence or expression.
3. He will be worshiped, and I would rather not have a rock replace me therein.
4. Consider that the stones have much to say:
1) Jacob: And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. Genesis 28:18
2) Joshua at the crossing of Jordan – Stones taken from the riverbed and stones placed in the riverbed.
3) Samuel: Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the LORD helped us. 1 Samuel 7:12.
4) And then be reminded: Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5
5) And that those sacrifices are praise and thanksgiving unto Him who is worthy.