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Summary: SOME HAVE SAID PERCEPTION IS REALITY. PEOPLE HAD A PERCEPTION OF THE TYPE OF KING JESUS WAS TO BE, A PERCEPTION THAT WOULD HAVE TO CHANGE FROM WARRIOR KING TO SACRIFICIAL LAMB.

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THE REVEALING OF JESUS’ KINGSHIP

ACTS 19:28-44

I WANT YOU TO PICTURE FOR A MOMENT, QUESN ELIZABETH AS SHE WAS PREPARING TO CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF HER CORONATION. WE SEE THE PROCESSION COMING TO WESTMINISTER ABBY, AND THE COACH CARRYING THE QUEEN STOPS AT THE FRONT STEPS. THE ARCH-BISHOP OF CANTERBURY IS WAITING THERE TO GREET HER.

EVERYONE IS WAITING TO SEE THE QUEEN WHO HAS REPRESENTED THEM SO GRACEFULLY DOWN THROUGH THE YEARS. THE COACH DOORS ARE OPENED ANAD THERE IS A STUNNED QUIETNESS IN THE CROWD.

AS THE QUEEN APPEARS SHE IS WEARING AN OLD PAIR OF UGLY GRAY SWEAT PANTS. THE KNEES ARE OUT OF THEM AND THE ELASTIC IS SHOT MAKING HER CONSTANTLY HAVE TO PULL THEM UP. SHE HAS MISMATCHED HITOP SNEAKERS ON HER FEET, ONE YELLOW AND ONE FLOURESCENT GREEN. THEY ARE OLD AND DIRTY, WITH HOLES IN THEM WHERE HER TOES ARE BREAKING THROUGH.

SHE HAS A DARK BLUE SWEATSHIRT WITH VARIOUS TYPES OF STAINS ON IT. ON HER HEAD SHE HAS A HORRIFIC OLD DIRTY CAP THAT SHE WEARS WITH THE BRIM POINTING SIDEWAYS. SHE LOOKS IN FACT LIKE A MODERN DAY WRAPPER.

IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO PICTURE THE QUEEN DRESSED LIKE THAT, FOR WE KNOW THAT THIS WOULD NOT HAPPEN. WE HAVE AN IMAGE DEVELOPED OF HER OVER THE YEARS, AND WE KNOW THIS JUST WOULDN’T HAPPEN.

JESUS BATTLED WITH THIS SAME TYPE OF SITUATION FOR MOST OF HIS MINISTRY. PEOPLE HAD AN IMAGE OF THE TYPE OF KING HE WAS TO BE. HIS KINGSHIP IN REALITY WOULD HAVE A MUCH DIFFERENT IMAGE THAN WHAT THEY THOUGHT.

IT IS POSSIBLE FOR US TO FALL INTO THIS SAME TRAP. WE HAVE IN OUR MINDS AN IMAGE OF WHO JESUS IS SUPPOSED TO BE, WHAT KIND OF A KING WE THINK HE IS. WE CAN GET ANGRY WHEN SOMEONE DARES TO TELL US THAT OUR PRECEPTION OF KING JESUS IS CONTRARY TO SCRIPTURE, EVEN IF THAT SOMEONE IS JESUS HIMSELF.

AS WE STUDY THIS PASSAGE TODAY, LET US OPEN OUR MINDS TO THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND ASK HIM TO REVEAL TO US WHO OUR GREAT KING REALLY IS.

GEOGRAPHIC BACKGROUND:

THE “TRIUMPHAL ENTRY” MARKS THE END OF THE LAST TRAVEL NARRATIVE FOR JESUS TO JERUSALEM (LUKE 9:51- 19:27). THIS WAS HIS CITY OF DESTINY, WHERE HE WOULD CELEBRATE PASSOVER ONE NIGHT, AND BE THE PASSOVER LAMB FOR THE WORLD THE NEXT DAY.

THE ENTIRE SPECTACLE BEGINS WITH THE GRAND IMPRESSION OF THE KING SURVEYING HIS KINGDOM. WHEN THE PROCESSION STARTS, JESUS IS LESS THAN TWO MILES AWAY FROM JERUSALEM, APPROACHING BETHANY AND BETHPHAGE, ALONG THE MOUNT OF OLIVES.

THE MOUNT OF OLIVES LIES DIRECTLY EAST OF JERUSALEM 2,660 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL. THE KIDRON VALLEY SEPARATED THE MOUNT OF OLIVES FROM JERUSALEM. ONE COULD TAKE A LONG ROUTE TO AVOID THE STEEP DESCENT AND ASCENT TO JERUSALEM, OR TAKE A SHORTER MORE TREACHEROUS FOOTPATH LEADING DIRECTLY ACROSS THE VALLEY.

IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED THAT WHILE JESUS AND THE PROCESSION TOOK THE LONGER ROUTE AROUND THE VALLEY, THAT THE TWO DISCIPLES WERE SENT ALONG THE SHORTER STEEPER ROUTE TO GET THE COLT.

THE DESCENT DOWN THE MOUNT OF OLIVES WOULD PUT MUCH OF THE CITY OF JERUSALEM INTO VIEW. CLARK’S COMMENTARY PICTURES THE SCENE FOR US.


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