April 5, 2020
Welcome to Worship!
Opening Scripture & Prayer
“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
(Psalm 103:1–12, NIV84)
God of all, you gave your only-begotten Son to take the form of a servant, and to be obedient even to death on a cross.
Give us the same mind that was in Christ Jesus, that, sharing in his humility, we may come to be with him in his glory. Amen
Your King Is Coming, Rejoice!
Matthew 21:1-11, Zechariah 9:9-10
Sunday April 5, 2020
Read through the passage a few times, perhaps have children involved in the reading.
Matthew 21:1–11 (NIV84)
1As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples,
2saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me.
3If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
4This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
5“Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”
6The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them.
7They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them.
8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
9The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!”
10When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
11The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Zechariah 9:9–10 (NIV84)
9Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Play the video Pastor Kors prepared – located on the church website under the worship tab
Jesus is King, and He comes to reign, our response is to rejoice!
Was there a time when you were looking for something, you felt you knew what it looked like or the type of container it was in, only to find out later after searching that it was in a different container or looked different?
People in Jesus’ day had difficulty accepting Jesus as the King He is, rather, they were accepting Him for the King they wanted Him to be.
As we enter Holy week, we are reminded this morning that Jesus is the King that controls every area of our lives.
1) The King is Jesus Christ (Zechariah 9:9)
To enjoy the benefits a King brings we need to recognize our own need.
Jesus has our best interests at heart, and the greatest interest is our spiritual position with God.
What does the Bible say about who King Jesus is?
1a) King of authority
“your king comes to you”
Jesus’ quiet authority threatened the Jewish leader’s authority and they sought to take Jesus by force, but Jesus time had not yet come.
John 7:30 (NIV84)
30At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come.
John 8:20 (NIV84)
20He spoke these words while teaching in the temple area near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his time had not yet come.
On Palm Sunday Jesus stages a public demonstration.
In this demonstration he shows the Jewish people and their rulers that He is the Messiah, but not the kind they were expecting.
Jesus isn’t a helpless victim, He laid down His own life.
John 10:17–18 (NIV84)
17The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.
18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
Jesus was not caught by surprise.
Acts 2:23 (NIV84)
23This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.
Acts 4:27–28 (NIV84)
27Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed.
28They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.
Is Jesus the King your King? Does Jesus rule in your heart and life?
1b) King of righteousness
Jesus Christ is just in the administration of His kingdom because He is righteous in His person.
Jesus has our best interests at heart.
1c) King of salvation
The Jew’s Messiah included national political overtones and they were seeking the one that would deliver them from the hostile nation that had them under their control.
However, there is a deep personal dimension that relates to an individual’s deliverance from God’s judgment on their sins.
Matthew 1:21 (NIV84)
21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Misconceptions about salvation.
God is too loving to send any decent person to hell.
People think they are good enough to qualify for heaven.
How have you heard these two misconceptions in your life? How would you respond to someone who says one of these two things?
1d) King of humility
Jesus willingly laid aside His rights and took the form of a servant.
Philippians 2:5–8 (NIV84)
5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!
1e) King of creation
This colt, like Balaam’s donkey, was smarter than a lot of people.
The colt received Jesus on its back without bucking back.
We are reminded that Jesus came unto His own people, but they didn’t receive Him.
My friends, we need to see Jesus correctly for who He is, and when we do, we submit to Him as the Almighty Creator.
I encourage you to read Colossians 1:15-29.
2) Jesus Christ the King comes to reign, we should rejoice and shout in triumph
“rejoice greatly” “shout”
The double command emphasizes exuberant joy.
We rejoice by having faith in our coming King.
We either believe what God’s Word says, or we don’t.
We live by faith.
Faith in the hope of his coming will fill us with great joy, even during difficult times and trials.
Octavius Winslow wrote (“The Sympathy of Christ,”www.gracegems.org/2/religion_of_joy.htm):
“The religion of Christ is the religion of JOY. Christ came to take away our sins, to roll off our curse, to unbind our chains, to open our prison house, to cancel our debt; in a word, to give us the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Is not this joy? Where can we find a joy so real, so deep, so pure, so lasting? There is every element of joy; deep, ecstatic, satisfying, sanctifying joy in the gospel of Christ. The believer in Jesus is essentially a happy man. The child of God is, from necessity, a joyful man. His sins are forgiven, his soul is justified, his person is adopted, his trials are blessings, his conflicts are victories, his death is immortality, his future is a heaven of inconceivable, unthought of, untold, and endless blessedness. With such a God, such a Savior, and such a hope, is he not, ought he not, to be a joyful man?”
Questions for discussion and reflection
How is knowing the truth about Jesus essential for a faithful Christian walk?
How are you pursing joy today? What can you and your family do to pursue joy this week?
How can we grow in humility? What about humility toward family members?
As we enter holy week, leading up to Good Friday and Resurrection Morning, what are three things that you can do this week to grow in your relationship with Jesus?