Summary: When Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem on the Sunday prior to His crucifixion He was fulfilling the words of the prophet Zechariah. The passage announces two comings of the King – the first on Palm Sunday, the second yet in the future but drawing near.
THE KING IS COMING
INTRODUCTION: When Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem on the Sunday prior to His crucifixion He was fulfilling the words of the prophet Zechariah. The passage actually announces two comings of the King – the first on Palm Sunday, the second yet in the future but drawing nigh. This morning I want us to consider the King Who came and the King Who is coming.
I. The King Who Came – Verse 9
A. He is Just
1. Correct, lawful, righteous
2. Correct in His cause
a. Holiness, absolute justice and the upholding and honoring of His law is a fundamental attribute of God.
b. Man dishonored God’s law and incurred His displeasure and condemnation. God rightly or justly exacts the penalty (death – eternal separation from God) for breaking His law. God cannot act capriciously, freeing sinners from guilt and condemnation without the penalty being exacted. This would deny His intrinsic and inherent holiness. God must punish sin.
d. At the same time that God is Holy, He is gracious and loving, as 2 Peter 3 (quickview)  declares that He is not desirous that any should perish. It was determined in the wisdom of the Godhead that Christ would become the vicarious sacrifice for man.
f. Acts 2:22-24 (quickview)  MKJV “Men, Israelites, hear these words. Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by powerful works, and wonders and miracles, which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know, this One given to you by the before-determined counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken and by lawless hands, crucifying Him, you put Him to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.”
3. Lawful in His conduct
a. In order to be a fitting substitute to bear man’s penalty, the substitute would have to be sinless or He would merely bear His own penalty.
d. This is a mystery, that Christ can be the obedient, glorious love of God and the full measure of our disobedience, both at once. - Walter Wangerin, Jr., in Reliving the Passion. Christianity Today
4. Righteous in His being acceptable and vindicated by God
B. He brings Salvation
2. John 18:37 (quickview)  “Pilate therefore said to Him, ‘Are you a king then?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”