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Summary: We must acknowledge Jesus as King by obeying and worshipping Him. Please take time to rate this sermon.

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INTRODUCTION (SECURE ATTENTION) & BACKGROUND OF THE PASSAGE:

PRAY before starting the sermon.

ILLUSTRATION: {Before the 2014 General Assembly Elections, Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi offered hope to many Indians as he became the Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP.

He talked about Acche Din (good days) over and over again in his speeches.

Masses were attracted to his fiery speeches which were in total contrast to the ‘silent’ PM, Manmohan Singh.

Modi talked about destroying the enemies of India and developing our nation.

People wanted a PM who would make India a super-power.

So, many were fed up with the corruption within the UPA government, believed in the promises made by Modi, and eventually voted BJP to power.

However, three years of his government has proved that he couldn’t keep his promises.

Demonetization and GST had made him unpopular even amongst his staunch supporters.

Modi’s aggressive speeches and personality have not brought Acche Din.

But there is another Ruler, who is far greater than any human ruler, who is humble, yet who brings in truly Acche Din.}

Let’s have a look at this King.

Would you take God’s Word and turn your Bibles with me to MARK 11:1-11 (READ)?

I have entitled today’s sermon as: “ACKNOWLEDGING THE KING.”

Jesus moved from Jericho and probably came to Bethany which was at the foot of Mount Olives.

A person traveling from Jericho would come to Bethany, which is about 3.2 kilometers from Jerusalem.

Bethpage was a small village between Jerusalem and Bethany.

CENTRAL PROPOSITION OF THE TEXT: The crowd acknowledged Jesus as King when He deliberately declared Himself to be the promised King.

THE PURPOSE BRIDGE: To encourage the believers in EAGC to obey and worship Jesus.

FALLEN CONDITION FOCUS: Already dealt with above.

CENTRAL PROPOSITION OF THE SERMON: I have used inductive proposition for this sermon.

I. JESUS DELIBERATELY DECLARES HIMSELF AS THE KING.

Refer verses 1-6.

After Jesus healed blind Bartimaeus, he and His disciples, along with the crowd, approached Jerusalem.

Now we have to understand that most of the crowd which went up to Jerusalem that day were from Galilee.

Some scholars say that the crowd which shouted “Hosanna” and the crowd which cried “crucify” were different.

The former were probably Galileans who were following Jesus and the latter were mostly from Jerusalem.

He was near Bethpage and Bethany, located at the slope of the Mount of Olives (read v. 1).

Jesus instructs two of His disciples to go to the nearby village (probably Bethpage) to get a colt (read vv. 2-3).

While Mark mentions only about the colt, Matthew (refer 21:2) mentions a donkey as well.

Mark probably mentions only the colt because Jesus rode on it.

Now Jesus could have walked up to Jerusalem like the other pilgrims did.

But he asks His disciples to bring a colt.

Jesus deliberately does this because the Jews knew that the donkey was the Messiah’s beast (refer Zech. 9:9).

Moreover, Jesus asks the disciples to bring an unused colt as they were used for sacred purposes (cf. Nu 19:2; Dt 21:3; 1Sa 6:7).

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