He Comes in the Name of the Lord

The King is Coming!

BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I)         INTRODUCTION – THIS SUNDAY IS PALM SUNDAY.  WE, ALONG WITH CHURCHES ALL OVER THE WORLD CELEBRATE OUR LORD’S FINAL JOURNEY INTO JERUSALEM WHEN FOR A BRIEF MOMENT HE WAS HONORED AND RECOGNIZED BY A FEW, NOT THE NOBILITY OR THOSE IN RULE OR THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS BUT BY THE COMMON PEOPLE WHO RECOGNIZED HIS MIRACLE WORKING POWER AND LOOKED FOR HIM TO BE THEIR messiah &  DELIVERER.  THIS FULFILLED A PROPHECY GIVEN BY THE PROPHET ZECHARIAH MANY YEARS BEFORE CONCERNING THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH, THE LORD’S ANOINTED ONE.

A)         THE WORLD HAS AN EXPRESSION “HE KNOWS HOW TO MAKE AN ENTRANCE.”   KINGS AND POTENTATES, PRESIDENTS AND PRIME MINISTERS, generals, HOLLYWOOD STARS AND CORPORATE BARONS ARRIVE IN LIMOSINES AND FANCY AUTOMOBILES.  THE PAPARAZZI GET THAT PHOTO, TV CAMERAS ROLLING, ENTERTAINMENT TODAY   IS THERE TO JAM A MICROPHONE IN THEIR FACE to grab A SOUND BYTE.

B)        JESUS ENTRANCE INTO JERUSALEM WAS NOT ON A GRAND SCALE AS FAR AS THIS WORLD IS CONCERNED.  YET I BELIEVE THAT THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN WERE ON THEIR TIP TOES SO TO SPEAK TRYING TO GET A PEeK OF THIS GLORIOUS EVENT.

C)      JESUS WAS ON HIS FINAL JOURNEY TO HIS BELOVED JERUSALEM.  HE CAME HERE TO DIE, TO GIVE HIMSELF OVER TO WICKED, SINFUL MEN TO BE SHAMEFULLY TREATED AND CRUCIFIED BECAUSE IT WAS THE FATHER’S WILL.  Matt 26:2  “As you know, the Passover is two days away–and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”

D)      ON HIS WAY and upon his arrival HE HEALED THE BLIND; HE REACHED OUT TO SINNERS; HE REBUKED THE PROUD, HE CLEANSED THE TEMPLE; was anointed BY A WOMAN with the alabaster box, WASHED HIS DISCIPLES FEET AND SERVED PASSOVER SUPPER TO HIS DISCIPLES.  LITTLE DID THEY REALIZE THAT JESUS HIMSELF WOULD BECOME THE PASSOVER LAMB SLAIN FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD.

E)       READING: MATT 21:1-11 TEXT: Zec 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.  HOW DID JESUS MAKE HIS ENTRANCE? 

 II)      1ST, HE CAME IN RIGHTEOUSNESS:

A)      HE CAME TO EARTH TO FULLFILL THE RIGHTEOUS PLAN AND PURPOSE OF GOD: JESUS ASKED JOHN TO BAPTIZE HIM AND JOHN EXCLAIMED THAT JESUS SHOULD BAPTIZE HIM.  THEN JESUS ANSWERED Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Mat 3:15

B)       IT WAS PROPHESIED CONCERNING JESUS IN PsaLM 45:7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.

C)       AND AGAIN IN IsaIAH 42:6 “I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles…

D)      JESUS SAID: Mat 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  are you hungry today?

III)    2ND, HE CAME IN PEACE:

A)      WHEN CHRIST WAS BORN THE ANGELS SANG:  Luk 2:14 GLORY to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

C)       HE Became our PEACE: Isa 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

D)      Eph 2:17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

E)       BEFORE LEAVING THIS WORLD JESUS SAID IN JohN 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

F)        HE CAME TO GIVE US TO DECLARE THE TIME OF THE LORD’S FAVOR, OFFERING PEACE TO THOSE HELD CAPTIVE BY SIN, LIVING IN SHAME AND CONDEMNATION.

III)    3RD, HE CAME IN HUMILITY:

A)      ALEXANDER THE GREAT ENTERED INTO A CITY HE CONQUERED RIDING ON A WHITE STALLION; JESUS CAME RIDING ON A LOWLY COLT THAT HAD NEVER BEEN RIDDEN.

B)       HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO RIDE A YOUNG COLT OR HORSE THAT HAD NEVER BEEN RIDDEN?  EVEN THIS ANIMAL SEEMED TO RECOGNIZE THE URGENCY OF HIS MISSION.

C)       Phi 2:5, 6 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross!

IV)    4TH, HE CAME TO BRING SALVATION:

A)      THE CROWD SHOUTED “HOSANNA”.  HOSSANA MEANS “SAVE US!”.

B)       Isa 59:16 He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm worked salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him.

C)       two days before the passover jesus told his disciples:  Mat 26:2  “As you know, the Passover is two days away–and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”

D)       He came in meekness, full of kindness and compassion to those who were plotting his destruction! He comes to deliver up himself into their hands; their king comes to be murdered by his subjects, and to make his death a ransom price for their souls!

C)       Psa 98:2 The LORD has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations.

D)      HE HAS COMMISSIONED US TO PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL: IsaIAH 52:7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

V)      5TH, HE CAME IN THE NAME OF THE LORD:

A)      THEY SHOUTED “BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD”.

B)       HE DID NOT ACT ON HIS OWN AUTHORITY:  JESUS PRAYED TO THE FATHER IN JohN 17:1, 2 …”Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.

C)       HE CAME IN THE NAME OF THE LORD – HE WAS THE FIRST BORN AMONG MANY BROTHERS:  Isa 53:10 YET it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

D)      WE CONTINUE HIS WORK BY THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN HIS NAME: Col 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

VI)     HE IS COMING BACK AGAIN. HE WILL SIT ON DAVID’S THRONE AND BRING JUSTICE & JUDGEMENT TO PLANET EARTH:

A)      Isa 9:7  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this…”

B)       HE IS COMING BACK AS KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS: Rev 17:14 THESE shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

C)       WHEN JESUS COMES BACK WILL HE FIND US FAITHFUL? (PARABLE OF THE MAN WITH THE VINYARD:  LUKE 20:9-14)

VIII)  CONCLUSIONWHAT HOLLYWOOD HAS FAILED TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT IT IS NOT JUST THE ENTRANCE THAT COUNTS, BUT THE EXIT AND THE LEGACY YOU LEAVE.    THE WORLD IS STILL LOOKING FOR THOSE WHO COME IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, WHO COME IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, WHO COME IN PEACE, WHO COME IN HUMILITY, WHO COME BEARING THE GOOD NEWS OF GOD’S LOVE AND SALVATION. luke ADDS TO THE ACCOUNT GIVEN IN MATT AND THE OTHER GOSPELS:  lUKE 19:40-44.  the jews did not recognize the time of the lord’s coming.  the consequences were devastating for the jewish nation.  the roman general titus came in 70 ad devastating the city, completely destroying the temple, killing  thousands of jews and causing the  rest to flee jerusalem.  the indenty of the jewish nation was lost for nearly 2000 years.  we are now in the age of the church, awaiting christ’s return.  have you failed to recognize the lord’s coming in the person of the holy spirit?  is his word, his work and his commandments the final authority in your life or are you still doing your own thing?  jesus is coming again to receive his church, his bride, those that are doing his work and awaiting his appearing.  will you be ready?

 

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