Summary: Behold your King and give Him the adoration He deserves, the attention He desires, and the allegiance He demands.

King of Kings!

Revelation 19:11-16

Introduction: In fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophetic promise, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey”, Jesus rides into Jerusalem to the sound of praise from the people that had resounded in the ears of the kings of Israel in ancient times; “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest.” The people dreamed that this would be the triumphal entry of their Messiah-King who would save them from the Roman occupation. But the shouts of “Hosanna” would change to “Crucify Him” as they proved that they had never truly made Christ their King or made themselves loyal subjects of the King of Kings. This morning I ask you to behold your king and give Him the adoration He deserves, the attention He desires, and the allegiance He demands.

I. Give your King the Adoration He deserves

A. 1 Peter 2:17 – “Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.”

B. 1 Chronicles 16:29 – “Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!”

C. Psalms 2:12 (NASB) – “Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish {in} the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”

D. John 12:12-13 – “On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

E. The homage of the crowd given to Christ as He entered Jerusalem was fickle. The praise that was being offered to Him was trivial and temporary. It was based on feelings and the material hopes and desire. There was no way that they were paying homage to Him as the Righteous Sovereign of Eternity.

F. 1 Timothy 1:17 – “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory.”

G. Revelation 5:11-14 – “Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!" And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: "Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!" Then the four living creatures said, "Amen!" And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.

H. Jesus, who died for thy sins, is worthy to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. We can never ascribe too much to Jesus. But He is worthy also to be believed, in preference to Satan, unbelief, the world, or appearances; to be trusted with all, for all, before all; to be loved more than any other, in opposition to any that would rival Him; be followed, wherever He may lead us, through evil report or good report; to be preferred to ease, pleasure, wealth, health, to anything and everything. Jesus is worthy to be our example, our confidant, our king, and our all. He is worthy of all He requires, all we can give, all His people have done for Him or suffered in His cause. – James Smith, in Daily Remembrances.

II. Give your King the Attention He desires

A. Remember the commercial, "When E.F. Hutton speaks, everyone listens?"

B. When the King speaks His subjects are to listen.

C. Acts 3:22 – 23 “For Moses truly said to the fathers, ’The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.”

D. 1 Samuel 3:10 (NASB) – “Then the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for Your servant is listening.’”

E. We are under duty bound to listen to the voice of the Lord and to follow Him.

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