Summary: Jesus kingdom message is centered on the cross. It brings change to the lives of the hearts and the lives of people he enters.
Intro: Jesus is coming into Jerusalem 6 days before the most important celebration for the Jews. The city is flooded with pilgrims making their way to celebrate the Passover. In the Passover they remember their pain and bitterness in captivity in Egypt and God’s deliverance promises.
At this time in Israel the deep oppression of Rome fed the anticipation and desire of the people for an anointed king that would deliver them from Rome and its governors and soldiers. Jesus comes into Jerusalem and declares that He is the anointed king. What the people that see him and cheer him including his disciples don’t understand at this time that His kingdom is not of this world.
Jesus Kingdom message is one that is centered on the cross. The message of the kingdom brought drastic changes in the hearts and lives of the people that received it. Zaccheus, Paul, Peter, The woman caught in adultery, Mary Magdalene.
I. Jesus’ entrance
A) The King of peace rejected (Matthew 21:1-10)
Zechariah 9:9 Riding in on a donkey that was never ridden. Jesus entered Jerusalem at the end of Daniels 65 weeks at the exact time the Messiah was to come (Daniel 9:25) Jesus was not the type of king or Messiah that the Jews or many modern day Christians Expect.
Jesus made it clear in His fulfillment of the Zechariah and other prophecies that He was and is Israel’s rightful king. His coming into the city was celebrated but His rule was rejected.
His gentleness and meekness was part of revealing His mission. He did not come to Jerusalem to start a revolt. Jesus didn’t come to make social, economic or political reform. Jesus came to ends man’s revolt of God’s rule. The only way that could be accomplished was for Jesus to die in the sinners place.
B) The prophet of God revealing judgment (Luke 19:41-44)
Jesus is not merely crying. This word wept means his chest was heaving and he was sobbing. He was in agony over the word of judgment that His people had invited to be spoken over them. He weeps over those today that according to John 3:17 already stand condemned.
C) The priest of God cleansing
Jesus came directly to the temple. The temple was the center of the life in Jerusalem. The temple had become corrupted. It was supposed to be a place to meet and commune with God. The religious people of the day had turned it into a place that looked clean but was utterly and completely filthy.
Jesus went to the money tables and turned them over. Church Jesus stands as the priest king ready to turn the tables on our lives.
He wants to change our priorities and passions. We were created to have a passion for Jesus and a priority for His kingdom.
We must remember that the temple in Jesus’ day represents our hearts of today.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 “Don’t you yourselves know that you are God’s sanctuary and that the Spirit of God lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s sanctuary, God will destroy him; for God’s sanctuary is holy, and that is what you are.”