Summary: PALM SUNDAY (A) - Who is this King of glory? This King of glory is a very humble servant and our praiseworthy Savior.

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March 28, 2010 -

Palm Sunday -

MATTHEW 21:1-11

INTRO: An age old question people need to answer is: “Who is the Lord?” Jesus asked the question of his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” They gave Jesus the different opinions of the people. But Jesus wanted them to confess their faith concerning his identity. By grace Peter answered correctly. The question concerning the Lord and his identity is vital to eternal salvation. Our Psalm for the day asks that very question and gives the answer. "Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle…. Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty--he is the King of glory" (PSALM 24:8, 10). As Jesus enters Jerusalem it is good and right that we refresh our faith concerning the King of glory.


I. A very humble leader.

II. Our praiseworthy Savior.


A. Verse 1. Jesus and his disciples come from the west to enter Jerusalem at the Temple / Golden Gate.

1. Verse 2. Two of Jesus’ disciples are to go ahead and bring back a donkey’s colt.

2. Verse 3. A very rare instance where Jesus uses the word “Lord” to describe himself.

B. Verse 4. Jesus’ life always fulfilled the promises God had made through his prophets.

1. Verse 5. This is Zechariah 9:9. Announce to the people of God, the king comes.

a. This prophecy sounded strange. b. The king would not have a royal “appearance”.

2. This King will come on a donkey colt. He will not ride a horse, chariot or have an army.

C. Verse 6. The disciples heard, listened, believed, and did what Jesus had told them to do.

D. Jesus is the King of glory who rides into Jerusalem as a very humble and a very gentle leader. We are struck by the fact that as King Jesus lived his life as a life of service. Jesus’ life served to do his Father’s will. Jesus’ life served to bring glory to God’s name. Jesus’ perfect life served an imperfect creation. This has been the focus of our Sundays together. Two weeks ago Jesus reminded us that he came not to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many. Last week our text pointed out that one man dies for all the people. Jesus showed his disciples the full extent of his love in the upper room. "After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him"(JOHN 13:5). This was a task normally done by the lowliest servant. It was an embarrassment and shameful that not one disciples performed this normal, expected task of hospitality.

E. The greatest service Jesus did was to give up his life completely for the sake of our sins. Jesus died that mankind would have life, eternal life. Jesus did all of this for us willingly. Jesus did all of this for us without complaint. "He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth" (ISAIAH 53:7). Jesus did not curse the crowd that crucified him. Instead as Jesus was nailed to the cross he declared, “Father, forgive them…”. “Who is this King of glory?” Jesus is our humble, gentle leader.

F. The life of Jesus serves as an example for every believer to follow. Thankfully we live in a land of religious tolerance and freedom. Unless there is a drastic change in our society we will have this religious freedom throughout our lifetimes. This means that none of us will walk the way to the cross to be crucified because we are Christians. Jesus has already done that for us. More than likely none of us will ever be mocked, flogged, and beaten to within an inch of our life because of our faith. That is, unless things drastically change in our nation. "But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps" (1 PETER 2:20b, 21). We live in a time and age when evil is good and good is evil. Being gentle and humble like Jesus means that people may take advantage of our Christian charity.


Jesus is the world’s very humble and very gentle leader.


A. At the word of Jesus two disciples went and untied the donkey and brought them back to him.

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