Sunday, 13 January 2013

Jesus our King... Sunday sermon review

Sunday Sermon Review - January 13, 2013
( from my home church I attend regularly )

We are back in our Matthew series study. Today's sermon was based on Matthew 21:1-11. The speaker was Pastor Ben.

Thought for the week: "Good words bring good feelings to the heart. Speak with kindness always."

The service began with the singing of several songs which included - "To the River I am Going" ( a favorite of mine ) and another new song "Left my Fear by the Side of the Road"

Psalm 63 was read entirely - a chapter penned by King David - chased as a wanted man in the desert.
Psalm 63:1-2 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;  To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary

Text Matthew 21:1-11
And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
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.
And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

Pastor Ben came up to speak and here is some of what he said.

We are here to worship Jesus as King. We hail Jesus as King. Every Sunday we gather together praising Jesus and pledging our allegiance to Him as King.
The portion of Matthew we are studying is usually a Palm Sunday message but since we are in the Matthew series, this is where are at.
Jesus rides into Jerusalem as Messiah. This is the first time He accepts such from the people.
Jesus was fulfilling prophecy by doing this. Zacharias 9:9 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.
The term "Son of David" is a title of Kingship and what the people did to Jesus by waving palm branches and throwing their cloaks down for him to ride on was what was expected to be done for a King.
A similar thing was done for Jehu in 2 Kings 9: 13  Then they hasted, and took every man his garment, and put it under him on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets, saying, Jehu is king.
The word Hosanna means "save us". The people were shouting for Jesus to save them - "Save us Son of David!"

We want God to Rescue Us - To Save Us
We have cried out to God to help us, to rescue us, to save us!

How Did They Get From Declaring Jesus as King on Palm Sunday and five days later they cried "crucify Him"? The crowds will turn on Jesus. Why and how does this happen?
Is it possible that we could do the same - worship Jesus here on Sunday and then betray Him a short time later?
Jesus comes to us in gentleness. Jesus is described as gentle, meek and humble - a gentle King.
The people did not want a gentle King. They wanted a warrior like King David - a fiery person.
Jesus was gentle but this does not mean cowardly - He went straight to Jerusalem knowing He would be killed.
Jesus was not weak - He has great power - power to calm storms, raise the dead, heal the sick, cast out demons.
Jesus has strength and power - can do whatever but He comes to us and will not overrule our choices and decisions. He does not force himself on us. We are free to choose just as Adam and Eve were free to choose.
We often want microwave Christianity - but God sometimes will allow the process and with time we become what He desires for us.
God will not over ride our free choice that He has given to all human beings.

With Our Choices Come Consequences
Reap what you sow - good or bad
When we walk against God's ordinances - bad things will happen
When we walk with God - good will happen
We may ask God to rescue us from our consequences but He mostly will not - ( He will allow the consequences to do their work )
Though we may not want to do the hard work of doing right, we must.

Does God Save us?
Yes, yes, yes!
He doesn't over ride our will.
He walks with us, beside us.
He allows us to make our own decisions.
He works in the small things.

We have to choose to be different.
Pray for wisdom.
Be faithful in all our small decisions.

Resolve to Hail Jesus as King in our lives.
He will empower us as we make the commitment and decision to live for Him in our day to day life!

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