Summary: Palm Sunday(A) - Jesus as our Servant-King saves sinners. This Servant perfectly obeys. Our Father powerfully helps.


April 1, 2007

PALM SUNDAY - Isaiah 50:4-9

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INTRO: Jesus enters Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the crowds shouted, “Hosanna”. They are looking at Jesus as the king who will deliver Israel from the rule of the Roman Empire. They want this Jesus-King to drive out the Roman soldiers from their country. But this Jesus-King is riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Jesus enters Jerusalem as a Servant-King. God’s plans for the world’s Servant-King were far, far greater than mortal man’s thoughts and wisdom. Jesus came to rule men’s hearts and minds not change their government. This was a hard concept for even the disciples to grasp. They often wondered when Jesus would really show his power. They also wondered who was the best disciple among them. Jesus’ reply was simple. "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many"(MARK 10:45).


I. The Servant perfectly obeys, and:

II. The Father powerfully helps.


A. Isaiah continues in chapter 50 with the prophecy concerning the servant of the Lord.

1. This servant of the Lord is none other than Christ the Messiah who was to come.

2. Verse 4a describes the instructed tongue…that sustains the weary concerning Jesus.

a. Remember the boy Jesus in the temple instructing the religious teachers.

b. Remember Jesus’ words of comfort and healing to sustain the weak.

B. Verses 4b, 5 describe the willingness of Jesus’ spirit to listen and to do the Father’s will.

1. In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus prays the will of the Father be done, not his will.

2. Jesus never drew back from the goal of death that he was to face on the cross.

C. Verse 6 reveals the clear prophecy of the Lord through Isaiah concerning the suffering of Jesus.

1. With complete disregard the soldiers would beat Jesus mercilessly. They mocked him.

2. Jesus did hide his face from their beatings, mocking, and spitting. Jesus did it all FOR US!

D. Christ entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday as a King. He left this world on Good Friday as a Servant. The kingdom of Jesus was not of this world. Jesus came as our Servant-King. Jesus came as the King of kings to perfectly carry out the will of his heavenly Father. The will of God was not that we should die for our sins. Instead, the very Son of God would take our place. He would live, suffer, die and rise again FOR US. "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ’Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree’"(GALATIANS 3:13). We are no longer cursed. Our Savior Jesus, our Servant-King, saves sinners. Our Servant-King saves us from eternal punishment in hell.

E. Jesus paid the price that our sins demanded by his perfect obedience to God’s will. Jesus paid the price that our sins demanded by his perfect obedience to God’s law. We disobey. Sin is the shadow that covers our hearts so that we do not carry out God’s will here on earth perfectly. Sin is the shadow that covers our hearts so that we do not always see or understand God’s will for us in this life. We cannot save ourselves by our good intentions – they simply are not enough. We cannot buy our way into heaven – the cost is simply too much. Praise God for his solution, a Servant-King. "Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him"(HEBREWS 5:8).

F. We stand in awe at the salvation that Christ has purchased and won for us by his perfect life, innocent sufferings and death. None of us deserve any of the mercies that God has shown to us through his Son, Jesus. Scripture tells us why. "Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners--of whom I am the worst"(1 TIMOTHY 1:15). We shudder at the thought that each one of us is the worst of sinners. It is a devastating thought. BUT we also shudder with joy at the thought that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. This is God’s grace.


The Servant perfectly obeys.


A. It can make one wonder – just how Jesus got through all this pain, torture, and suffering.

1. Isaiah gives us the powerful answer in verse 7. The Sovereign Lord helps me.

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