In this sermon for Palm Sunday, we ask, “What kind of King did you expect”? Jesus turns our expectations upside down, just as he did for the crowd.
What do we expect a King to look like?
Can you tell a monarch from an ordinary person?
The Conquering King
Then the crowd that went ahead and the others that came behind raised the shout: ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the heavens!’Matthew 21:9 NEB
What the crowd expected was a conquering King. The words they sang and shouted were not random; they came directly from Psalm 118.
LORD, save us! LORD, grant us success!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you.Psalm 118:25–26 NIV
But Jesus had not come to fulfil these expectations.
The Servant King
Rejoice, rejoice, daughter of Zion, shout aloud, daughter of Jerusalem; for see, your king is coming to you, his cause won, his victory gained, humble and mounted on an ass, on a foal, the young of a she-ass.Zechariah 9:9 NEB
But Matthew explained Jesus had come to Jerusalem to do something quite different:
like the Son of Man; he did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give up his life as a ransom for many.’Matthew 20:28 NEB
In the light of Zechariah’s prophecy, he was still a king, but one coming to establish universal peace and worldwide dominion.
How do you see Jesus?
Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me shall never be hungry, and whoever believes in me shall never be thirsty.John 6:35 NEB
ONCE AGAIN Jesus addressed the people: ‘I am the light of the world. No follower of mine shall wander in the dark; he shall have the light of life.’John 8:12 NEB
Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and I am life.If a man has faith in me, even though he die,John 11:25 NEB
And I shall draw all men to myself, when I am lifted up from the earth.’John 12:32 NEB
Heaven and earth will pass away; my words will never pass away.Matthew 24:35 NEB
Think about the claims that Jesus has made about himself during his ministry. There is an irony in the triumphal entry! Let’s look carefully at Jesus again. Jesus will do more than you can ever imagine. He will go deeper than you want. Don’t be disappointed like the Jerusalem crowd. But in wisdom and humility respond as the psalmist does to your servant king:
Open to me the gates of victory; I will enter by them and praise the LORD.Psalm 118:19 NEB
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