Below are portions taken from my Pastor's sermon this last Palm Sunday
I love the scene when some of the children first meet the lion Aslan and they ask, "is he safe?" And the answer is "no, he is not safe, but he is good." We see Jesus gentle and humble riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and we are tempted to miss the fact that he is a king. (Matt 21:4-5) Jesus is the gentle king promised in Zechariah 9:10 which says "Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey." But like Aslan reminds us, don't forget his power. He is righteous and victorious according to Zechariah. Jesus is gentle because he is the victor. He comes in peace because he has all authority. Nothing can be taken from him. Nothing can threaten him. While the people that day did not fully understand, they did see something of his glory. Psalm 118:25-26 says, "Lord, save us! Lord, grany us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you." They didn't get it all, but they did get it right. Jesus is the King. He is not safe because he comes to rule and he will change the lives of everyone who receives him. He is not safe,but he is good.
Whose is the path on which he rode into the city? HISWhen the disciples borrowed the donkey--whose donkey was it? It belonged to the King, not the King of a region or country, but the King of heaven and earth. He owns it all. It's His!
The palms people waved as they shouted Hosanna? HIS
The arms that waved the palm branches? HIS
The city into which he rode that day? HIS
The temple he cleared to preserve a house of prayer?
It's His, He is the true King. It's all from Him, its all for Him, nothing can be taken from Him.
The tongues that sang his praise? HIS
The tongues that shouted against him and condemned him? HIS
The thorns that pressed on and punctured his sacred head? HIS
The whips that lashed and tore his royal skin?
The wood that shaped the cross on which he died?
It's all His. It's all from Him. It's all for Him.
This King Jesus on the day that seems like his coronation as he enters his city with shouts of praise and palm branches waving does not process to a throne but to a cross. He comes in peace and he will bring peace. But the cost of peace will be great. He will give his life to rescue his people. He will purchase us with his blood and with his tears.
1Peter 2:9 says, "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." Behold your King. See him as he is and consider the kingdom he brings. He has a plan and purpose for all things for all things belong to him.
The voices we use today to sing his praise.....HIS
The voices we use tomorrow to speak with friends.....HIS
The hands we use today to wave palm branches......HIS
The hands we use tomorrow to work......HIS
The joys and pleasures of life.....HIS
The pains and sorrows of life.....HIS
The people who help us......HIS
The people who hurt us....HIS
The people who bless us....HIS
The people who persecute us.....HIS
Our free time.....HIS
Do you see it?
It's all HIS. It's all from him and it's all for him.
He is not safe. He's a different kind of King with a different kind of kingdom. He didn't come to make all things better! He came to make all things new! He didn't come to help your life. He came to claim your life. He is not safe, but He is good!
To hear this sermon in it's entirety please follow the link to our church website. The sermon is titled The King Nobody Wanted on March 20, 2016.
|Pastor Alan Hagar|