Christ Is King – For Us

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Luke 19:28–40 (CSB)

28 When he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples 30 and said, “Go into the village ahead of you. As you enter it, you will find a young donkey tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say this: ‘The Lord needs it.’ ”

32 So those who were sent left and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the young donkey, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the donkey?”

34 “The Lord needs it,” they said. 35 Then they brought it to Jesus, and after throwing their clothes on the donkey, they helped Jesus get on it. 36 As he was going along, they were spreading their clothes on the road. 37 Now he came near the path down the Mount of Olives, and the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen:

38 Blessed is the King who comes
in the name of the Lord.,
Peace in heaven
and glory in the highest heaven!

39 Some of the Pharisees from the crowd told him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”
40 He answered, “I tell you, if they were to keep silent, the stones would cry out.”

Dear Fellow Redeemed in Christ Jesus: This whole Lenten season, we have been focusing on the issues that Christ has raised to you and me. Not abstract issues, not mere ideas, but issues that affect our eternal lives: Repentance, Forgiveness, his gracious invitation.

Today seems to be different.  Rather than a sermon from Christ, we have an event; He doesn’t speak to us about His grace and forgiveness, He sets out to accomplish it.  It is a moment in history. It is an event that is unique, and gives us a unique glimpse into the glory and the humility of this Jesus Christ. There are many things here that identify Him as the Lord of All, and most pointedly there are many things that point Him out as our true sacrifice for sins.

You have probably looked at the map in your bulletin. There is the path Christ followed from Bethany There is the hollow down the Mount` of Olives where the crowd met Him, following Him into the city, packed with pilgrims. The Pharisees were there in force, as expected.

These were the participants, this is the place where it happened, but like all events of truly historic significance, Christ’s kingly entry affected more than those who stood and watched, for whoever you are, and at whatever point in time; wherever you are …

CHRIST IS KING – FOR US

  1. King for Us
  2. King Foretold for Us
  3. King Anointed for Us
  4. King Obedient and Humble for Us

We have all been affected-by what others-have done.
The electric company raises rates — it shows up on your bill.
The fed raises interest rates – it affects our prosperity.
Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, or Al Qaida attacks New York – we are at war for years.
The Bible is translated into English by order of King James I, and its words become part of the psyche of whole nations.
Luther nails 95 theses to the church door, and it is followed by the reformation of the church
The Romans conquer Europe, and Christianity follows.

All of these affect people, each event more than the one before, but none so much as Christ and His work.            He, His word, His actions affect all people.

 

  1. King for Us

To understand all of this we must realize that Christ is the one who holds the office of King for us.

A King is one who governs and protects His people. The role of any government and of the king, if he governs, is to protect the just and punish the unjust. This is the reason that the people of Israel wanted a king in the first place, 1 Samuel 8:20 (CSB) 20 Then we’ll be like all the other nations: our king will judge us, go out before us, and fight our battles.”

But unlike the kings of Israel, Christ did not come to lead in battle against the Assyrians, or the Egyptians, or the Babylonians, or the Romans.  You haven’t faced any Assyrians lately, but you have faced temptation, sickness, age, infirmity, and sin (yours and others’), and you face death.  Christ is King for us because He was chosen to go to Battle all alone against our arch-enemies death and the devil. Now since the children have flesh and blood in common, Jesus also shared in these, so that through his death he might destroy the one holding the power of death—that is, the devil— (Hebrews 2:14, CSB)

As King, also Christ governs. Not an earthly kingdom, but an eternal one. “Christ died and returned to life for this: that he might be Lord over both the dead and the living.” (Romans 14:9, CSB)

No king on earth has been important enough that every tongue should acknowledge Him as Lord. Christ alone is the Lord before whom every knee should bow.There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved.”(Acts 4:12, CSB)

As King, He commands and is obeyed.  That may not seem to be the case as whole nations rise up to reject His commands. But remember that His word keeps the planets in their orbits and the sun producing light and warmth, and life reproducing on earth.  Besides that, His words of law really do bring judgment upon sinners, and His words of forgiveness and life really do give forgiveness and life. And remember too, that enforcement of His word follows after a person’s time of mortal life.

2. King Foretold for Us

Both the fact that He came as King and the fact that He was not an earthly political king is indicated by His words and deed as well as by the prophecy of Zechariah.

His riding in on a donkey emphasized that He was not a secular ruler for that Roman world. But just as certainly it proclaimed Him King and Son of David. The Pharisees must surely have remembered that in the first book of Kings (1:33), that as a sign that Solomon his son should be king after Him (and not Adonijah), David placed Solomon on David’s own mule and had Solomon ride into Jerusalem while people proclaimed him king.

The fact that the colt had not been ridden was also significant, for animals that had not yet been used for their secular purpose were the ones that God directed to be put to religious use. So the un-ridden colt signified that Christ’s rulership was of a spiritual and religious nature.  The One foretold for us was chosen – anointed – for us.

3. King Anointed for Us

This is the king we need – the king of our souls, governing in righteousness and able to change the heart.  So much hope is placed in government, but while raw power might, perhaps, hold back the criminal or the invading army, but create a perfect world?  Hardly!  In fact the greatest crimes have been by governments.

And what government can save us from sin that leads to death?

No other king has single-handedly won the battle for His people against our common enemy as Christ has done for you and me. On the cross He died for us all, as Scripture teaches, “For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:22, CSB)

The one man, Jesus Christ, paid the sin for all of us that all of us have inherited from the one man, Adam.

You and I, sitting here in 2019 have all our guilt taken away because of this Christ who took the path to Jerusalem and beyond to Calvary, about 1986 years ago. With all the people of all times, we cry “Hosanna,” “Lord Save!”

That is what Christ was chosen for. We’ve talked about that image before: The picture of one person chosen – appointed — anointed to go out and do battle on behalf of the whole nation, like David and Goliath. His anointing took place at the Jordan River at His baptism.

Once again, no person’s appointment, anointment, or election, has so affected you or me. Even the election of the president and congress of the United States has less affect upon us than the procession of this Christ into Jerusalem. While the president and congress of this country can have a far-reaching effect on our physical well-being, what Christ did rescues our eternal souls.

4. King Obedient and Humble for Us

Christ Jesus, though king, took the form of a servant.  He took our place under the law (Gal 4:4), our place under the declaration of guilt.  Our place under the condemnation of God.  Our place under the curse of death.

Yet he himself bore our sicknesses, and he carried our pains; but we in turn regarded him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced because of our rebellion, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on him, and we are healed by his wounds. We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the Lord has punished him for the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:4–6, CSB)

And strangely enough, unlike the champions of this world, what He did for us is not measured in how He prevailed over so many things, but in apparent defeat.

He would rather not suffer and die, but rather than getting his way, as we do in even the littlest things, He said, “Thy Will be Done.”

He passed up the invitations to step down from the cross and “prove” his divinity, because our salvation lay in the death of Him who was God and Man.

Thus He lived a perfect life and died a sacrificial death, a death “FOR US.”

Who, in all the history of mankind, has prevailed by becoming such a servant?

A servant He was, for us. But ever and always our King, Our Lord, Our Savior. Will He be honored as such by you? Without a doubt and it will not be the stones that cry out either,  for voices, young and old, the voices of believers in the song of faith – our voices follow the generations of the believers and cry out Hosanna,’` Lord Save!”

AMEN.