The Once and Future King (Matthew 21:1-11)

Sermons JohnOn Sunday, March 20, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “The Once and Future King” from Matthew 21:1-11.

Jesus humbly enters Jerusalem as King, and in less than one week he will be crucified in the place of sinners like you and me.

1. The Lord Has Need of Them (1-5)—By his  “Triumphal Entry” into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey, Jesus provides one more sign that he is the King they await, so they might repent and believe (Isaiah 62:11). Their need is our need. Just as he gave them signs they needed to believe he is the Messiah, so he provides what we need to repent and believe.

2. Hosanna (6-9)—Second Temple Judaism of Jesus’s day saw Roman occupation as a new Egyptian bondage. National zeal heightened during the annual Passover feast. Jesus’s riding on a donkey did show him coming as a king, but as one who comes to serve (See 2 Kings 9:13; Psalm 118).

3. The King Enters His City (10-11)—Jesus came to die on a cross for the very people who put him there—sinners like you and me. He will return not to be sacrificed but to judge and once for all conquer all his and our enemies.

Listen to “The Once and Future King” (Matthew 21:1-11) at mcopc.org.

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