The Presentation Of The King
This study and message is from a study of the final days of our Lord’s life walking among mankind. This is in fact the beginning of the final week of His life, before His crucifixion. My intent is to do a study of the final week of Christ before the death on the cross.
This study will consist of about ten sermons, preached on Sunday morning and evening through the fourth of April, 2010. It will cover chapters 21 through 23; chapters 26 through 28; and must keep in mind that this will not be an exhausted study – there will be much more to learn when my study is finished on this matter. Of course, the final messages will deal with our Lord’s resurrection, and His appearances to His followers, and the Great Commission.
We see from other passages of Scripture that Jesus had a mind set for Jerusalem in those final days of His life. He saw the goal in sight; and that goal was to do His Father’s will, and glorify His name; and to provide salvation and redemption for the people of the world.
For three years Jesus had avoided being forced to be the king (John 6:15), and forced into an early death (Luke 4:28-30). Now, it is as though, He realizes that it is time to present Himself as the servant King who comes to die for His people. More than a king He is the Lamb, and will die as the Passover Lamb for the sins of the people.
I. THE KING’S REQUESTS (vv.1-5).
II. THE PRESENTATION OF THE KING FOR PASSOVER (vv. 6-11).
III. THE KING AND THE TEMPLE THIEVES (vv. 12-16).
THE KING’S REQUESTS (vv. 1-5).
The heart of Jesus from the time He was a boy was to do the will of His Father (Luke 2:49). He has lived, believed and known that all things were in His Father’s hands; even the time of His sacrifice; and trusted Him to that purpose and goal. It may not seem; to us; like much of a goal – to come to die – however, for Jesus that was His purpose for being on earth, and always to glorify the Father.
When Jesus and His disciples came to Bethphage, near the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples to a certain place where there were two donkeys tied. They were to bring them to Jesus. If the owners of these donkeys asked what they were doing, then they were to respond, “The Lord has need of them”, and the men would let them go. When the disciples arrived at the designated spot, they found the donkeys just as Jesus had said, and sure enough the owners asked, “What are you doing loosing the colt?” (Mark 11:5). This was an act of the sovereign mind and will of God; directing the affairs of His holy Son.
The requests was for the donkeys. Though there was actually no asking necessary we are not told who owned the donkeys. We do however know that God is the Owner of all things, thus, He directs their use and purpose for His glory. The thing we must realize in this matter is that Jesus’s heart was to fulfull the word of God,
“All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass” 21:4-5 (KJV) and this is a quote from
“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 (KJV)
THE PRESENTATION OF THE KING FOR PASSOVER (vv. 6-11).
This has been called the “Triumphal Entry”, “King’s coronation” and maybe other things as well. Those are probably two of the most popular. It is more like the “King’s Offering”, than one of triumph or coronation.
Traditionally, this day has been believed to have been on Sunday – Palm Sunday, the Sunday before we celebrate Easter. It is, however, believed by some that this was on Monday and Jesus entered Jerusalem exactly four days before Passover. Let’s consider that this was Monday 10th day Nisan [Abib] and Passover was on the 14th Nisan [Friday]. Whether it was Sunday or Monday there would still be the four days, and fulfillment of the requirements of the law according to Exodus 12:2-6. Verse 6 there tells us;
“And ye shall keep it up [the lamb] until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.” Exodus 12:6 (KJV)
When the King came into Jerusalem through the East gate on that donkey colt, never been rode before; I just suspect that colt recognized His Master; and humbly submitted to His sovereign rein on him. It appeared that the people who were present for His appearance were into the “coronation”. There was much praising, celebrating; spreading their garments on the road, cutting off palm branches for the way. The multitude who was praising Him was also shouting “Hosanna” which means “save now”; and was expecting a quick solution to their problems. It is sad to think how fickle people are, and that many of these same ones who were at this moment ready to crown Him King would in a few short days be in the crown screaming, “Crucify Him. Crucify Him” when they are asked, “What shall I do with Jesus?”.
“Son of David” is a Messianic title and the Scripture Jesus gives reference to is from Psalm 8 verse 2. Psalm two is in fact a messianic Psalm speaking of the Messiah who will come and save the world.
THE KING AND THE TEMPLE THIEVES (vv. 12-16).
Early in the ministry of Jesus He entered the court of the Gentiles and cleansed it lighting the fuses of hostility among the religious leaders. His house was being violated; and in the last days of His ministry He finds that it needs done again. He enters the court and in anger drives out the moneychangers, sellers of doves, and lambs for sacrifice, overthrew the tables. Jesus calls this house “My house” (v. 13). However in Matthew 23 Jesus says,
“Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.” Matthew 23:38 (KJV)
The court of the Gentiles was a place for all nations (Mark 11:17) to gather and learn from Israel about the Lord God, and for prayer. Now it was not anything more than a place of business for the greedy merchants taking advantage of the weary travelers who needed to buy their sacrifices for the Passover. It is quite possible that the merchants even would condemn a perfectly healthy lamb in order to sell one of theirs to the owner of the condemned lamb. Then, they would turn around and sell the formerly condemned lamb as a clean lamb to another weary traveler. They had quite the scam going, and Jesus knew it.
Those who think it is alright to take advantage of other peoples situations for profit need only see the reaction of Jesus to these acts of thievery. It is sad to admit and say, but some of this stuff goes on in “Christian” Book stores, and in some churches too. It is too often seen on what calls itself “Christian television” with “Send in your offering, and you will be healed” statements. Making extreme profit in the name of Jesus is still thievery, and Jesus is not pleased by it.
Still the religious leaders just don’t get it. They question Jesus, as though to get Him to rebuke the people for crying out to Him. Perfected praise in the mouths of “babes and sucklings”. Now that is something we must consider. The humble, dependent heart of the child is what the religious leaders of that day and our needs.
i. We must hear the King’s requests or commands, obey them and also have the heart for fulfilling the word of the Lord in our lives and the world.
ii. Recognize that the King has presented Himself as a sacrifice for sin; trust Him, believe Him, yield to Him, and let Him rule and reign in your life.
iii. The house of our King is holy; our body is the temple of the Lord (1 Corinthians 3:16-17); it is the “House of prayer”; keep it from becoming a den of thieves.
-Tim A. Blankenship