October 1, 2017
Christ the King
Luke 19:28-40 (NASB)
After He had said these things, He was going on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When He approached Bethphage and Bethany, near the mount that is called Olivet, He sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you; there, as you enter, you will find a colt tied on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of it.’” So those who were sent went away and found it just as He had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They said, “The Lord has need of it.” They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus on it. As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road. As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, shouting:
“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord;
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”
Jesus Christ entering Jerusalem on a colt as King of kings is a prophecy, a parable and a proclamation.
- Jesus entering Jerusalem on a colt is a prophecy of the Messiah.
A colt is a young, male donkey (e.g. “never ridden”). A donkey is a cousin to the horse and zebra. When Alexander the Great conquered the world, he rode Bucephalus, a beautiful black stallion. When Jesus enters Jerusalem as the King over all kings, including Alexander, He rides a donkey. “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” (Zec. 9:9). I have a book in my library written in 1728 by John Gill entitled The Prophecies of the Old Testament Respecting the Messiah, Considered; and Proved to Be Literally Fulfilled in Jesus. The prophets state: Christ would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2); John would be a forerunner of Christ (Malachi 3:1); Christ would enter Jerusalem on donkey (Zec. 9:9); Christ would be betrayed by a friend (Ps. 41:9); Christ would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver (Zec. 11:12); 30 pieces of silver would be used to buy a potter’s field (Zec. 11:13); Christ is silent while on trial (Is. 53:7); Christ would be crucified (Ps. 22:16). 353 prophecies in all. The odds of just 10 being fulfilled in one man are 1 X 10100 - A GOOGLE.
- The odds of being struck by lightning in a year = 7 x 105 or 1 in 700,000
- The odds of being killed by lightning in a year = 2 x 106 or 1 in 2,000,000
- The odds of becoming president = 1 x 107 or 1 in 10,000,000
- The odds of a meteorite landing on your house = 1.8 x 1014 or 1 in 180,000,000,000,000
- The odds that you will eventually die and face the King of kings = 1 in 1
- Jesus entering Jerusalem on a colt is a parable about salvation.
In Job 11:12 the Scripture compares a human being to a “wild donkey’s colt.” In the Bible, a donkey is called an ass. A male donkey is called a “jack” and a female donkey is called a “jenny.” Christ takes possession of a wild jack ass (King James Language) and takes up residence on it.
- Two messengers are sent to untie the colt – Jesus sent out evangelists “two by two” (Luke 10:1).
- This wild colt pictures unsaved man – “a wild ass…sniffs wind at her pleasure” (Jer. 2:24).
- There is a change of nature in the colt – “and they brought him to Jesus” (Luke 19:35).
- The burden of Christ is light – “Come unto me…My yoke is easy, My burden is light (Matt. 11:30).
- The praise is for the Master, not the beast – “Not many among you… are mighty” (I Cor. 1:26).
- Jesus entering Jerusalem on a colt becomes a proclamation for the King of kings.
The Pharisees told Jesus to keep His disciples quiet. But Jesus said unto them, I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!” There will always be people who declare praise of Jesus. “I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together” (Ps. 34:1-2).
The Lord Jesus Christ must and will be worshipped and praised as our Savior and King of all kings. There is coming a day every person and all creation will bow and worship Him (Rev. 4, 5). But why the rocks? Why not something else? The Stone the builders rejected is the Cornerstone. Rocks are symbols of judgment throughout the Scriptures. The Spirit is like water; and rocks are made smooth by the flow of water. However, unpolished, jagged stones become a symbol of death. Stones were thrown at the rebellious, including the prostitute (John 8:7); and even Jesus (John 8:59). Those who refuse Jesus as their King will one day find God’s judgment upon them (Matt. 11:25-26).
You can view the video for this sermon HERE.