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The Jesus Parade
Jesus is now on His way to Jerusalem to present Himself as the Passover Lamb. He knows what lies ahead for Him. People are converging on Jerusalem from all directions, 2-3 million of them perhaps.
Imagine the crowded streets everywhere you look. Up ‘til now Jesus has for the most part avoided the big crowds and kept a low profile. But now He comes front and center, and allows His disciples to announce Him as the Messiah. Why? He’s moving things toward His ultimate rejection by the religious leaders, putting the wheels in motion for His ultimate sacrifice.
From this point on in the week, chaos ensues, it appears, but actually Jesus is in full control, guiding all things. And today those in Washington just think they are in control, the UN may think the same as those in the European Union, or in Russia, or in the Middle East. Those who follow Allah may think they are guiding where the world is going, but God is still on the throne, and the king’s heart is still in the hand of the Lord!
Jesus said in John 10, no man taketh my life from me, but I lay it down. He wasn’t a victim or a martyr, He is the loving sacrificial Savior!
1. The King’s Preparation.
All His earthly life He was preparing for the events to come in this week, and it quickly becomes evident that He is ready!
a. He has the power to fulfill prophecy.
v. 14 "as it is written" = in the OT.
v. 15 He is fulfilling the prophecy of Zech. 9:9.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
As Jesus got dressed on this particular morning, He looked into the mirror of prophecy, and He knew that what has already been written is today going to be fulfilled!
One of the greatest evidences/proofs you can give to an unbeliever are the facts of fulfilled prophecies. No other book in the world has ever dared to predict the future like the Bible has...and never been wrong! When Jesus came the first time, He fulfilled over 300 OT prophecies. And most of them He had no control over, such as when He would be born and where and how, as well as the events of His death down to even minor details. [mathematical odds illustration]
Skeptical doubters with more degrees than a thermometer say it was just a series of coincidences. I say, so are the diplomas hanging on their walls!
This is just one more example of how the prophecies about Jesus and His coming to earth were fulfilled...and mark it down, just as surely as they were, the prophecies about His second coming will come to pass just as they have been written. Our title is The King is Coming, and we could add, the King is Coming Again! He’s coming back any time on a cloud FOR His own, and following the tribulation He’ll return again in the sky WITH His own.
b. He has the power to control nature.
v. 14 Just as God allowed a donkey to speak in the OT, He made another unlikely situation work out, that people would just give their property away to someone they don’t know, for no good reason, as Matthew says. Further, Mark’s gospel says this donkey had never been ridden before. Does this tell you anything, you who know about animals?
ill.--on sabbatical last year my wife had an opportunity to ride a horse, and she was very excited. Well, as soon as she got on, the horse started going round and round in circles, and she was trying to hang on but slipped and was falling off the side, screaming, with a crowd of onlookers. I panicked and didn't know what to do. Just then the manager of the K-Mart came out and unplugged it!
This donkey in our text is not tame, and I can tell you you’d have to have dominion over the animals, as their Creator, for this to work out.
4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.