The Entry of the Triumphant King

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Pastor Dennis update
Beginning of Holy Week
Cantata tonight
The appointed time
Other times Jesus said it is not time.
Many OT prophesies.
Many point to this week
Several point to the Triumphant entry.
Christ is the Fulfillment of the OT Prophesies
Opening Prayer
Matthew 21:1–11 ESV
1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5 “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’ ” 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Daughters of Zion
Those in Jesusalem
The faithful
Focus today on Zechariah 9:9
Zechariah 9:9 ESV
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Prophesy not only fulfilled here, there are many, but it is directly quoted as such.

Behold the King

We are told to behold the King several times
It is clear, and with all the info we have that Jesus is Christ Messiah
He is the King of kings
He is the King that comes to us
He has already come
Come as an infant
Come to minister
Come to Jerusalem
And he will come again
God is the revealer. We must behold our King but he reveals himself to us. Christ here has stopped telling the witnesses to be silent, and instead declares he is Messiah. (v3b - the Lord needs them)
The people recognizes him and behold their king
Lay their coats and palm branches - sign of respect, similar to a red carpet
Isaiah 6
Behold Our God (Song)

The Humble King

See this through his ministry
Born in a cave
Born to a lowly family
Does not fully reveal himself
Wears the clothes of a laborer
Preaches as a humble servant
See this in other parts of Zechariah and other prophets such as Is. and Jer.
Teaches others to serve like this
He as the King of king humbles himself
The 1st will be last
James and Jude

King of Peace

Riding on a donkey
Sign of peace
See other passages in the OT of leaders riding on donkeys
Judges 5:10, 10:4, 12:14; and 2 Samuel 16:2
Solomon doing this in the 1st triumphant entry
Solomon’s entrance into Jerusalem on a donkey across the Kidron Valley and the Gihon Spring (1:33, 38) declares the true king.
On Palm Sunday, we celebrate Jesus retracing Solomon’s path across the Kidron Valley and entering Jerusalem on a donkey (Matt. 21:1–10). It’s certainly a picture of humility—entering on a donkey instead of a war horse (Zech. 9:9). And it certainly evokes a contrast between God’s kingdom and the sort of entrance that Herod or Pilate would’ve received as they entered the city that week.
But as a reflection of Solomon’s coronation, Jesus’s triumphal entry teaches us even more. It testifies that the scribes and Pharisees—the religious leaders who opposed him—are phonies.
Riding on a stallion shows a battle
Aa king riding on a donkey shows a time of peace
The donkey is also a beast of burden, showing Christ as the suffering servant
Christ is declaring he has not come to conquer man by force but as the King of grace and peace
Pauls greeting
We must behold our humble king of peace
This event was not for nothing
Christ was declaring who he was and fulfilling prophesies, but more
He was riding in not for a temporal victory over man
Instead he entered for an eternal victory over sin and death
He came to be our sacrifice, and to triumph over death
In his humility, in his suffering, he triumphed over sin and death not only for our benefit but to glorify God.
As the triumphant king he gave all to save us from our own sin for which we deserve death
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