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Worship Series: Undefeated - Our Journey to the Empty Tomb
Worship Theme: Undefeated Because Our King Has Come
First Lesson: Philippians 2:5–11 (EHV)
Gospel: Matthew 21:1–11 (EHV)
Sermon Text: Zechariah 9:9-10 (EHV)
Hymns & Songs: CW130 Hosanna, Loud Hosanna, Show Us Christ, CW133 Ride On, Ride On in Majesty, All Glory, Laud, and Honor (in worship folder)
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Message: Undefeated Because Our King Has Come
The streak continues. For over a month, we have matched Jesus up against a slew of ridiculously tough opponents. He faced down the Devil. He conquered skepticism. He defeated spiritual blindness. He overcame dysfunction, and he pulverized death. Jesus has beaten them all and remains undefeated. He has never lost and he never will. We are undefeated as well because we are on the winning team. Today, we will see how we are undefeated because our king has come.
Our text for today is based on two verses found in the book of Zechariah; just two verses and yet they have universal implications. First, we need to learn a little bit about Zechariah. Who was this guy? What was he doing? Zechariah was an Israelite, but like many Israelites of his generation, he wasn’t actually born in Israel. You see, the nation of Israel had disobeyed God and continually broke their covenant with him. After a thousand years of misbehaving and pushing God away, God said, “Ok, I will remove my protecting hand from you just long enough so you realize what you are trying to push away.” Immediately, Babylon swooped in, destroyed Israel, and took most of the Israelites away as exiles to Babylon. This is where Zechariah was born as a member of the priestly family. After 70 years, the Israelites were permitted to return to the land of Israel to rebuild their ruined cities and temple. Zechariah went with them. Zechariah would continue to preach the word of God among the Israelites as they rebuilt and beyond. The focus of his message was a lot like the meaning of his name: “The LORD remembers.” Zechariah preached how we have a faithful God who would keep all his promises, such as deliverance from Babylonian exile, including a restored kingdom, community, a functioning temple, and the grander pictures of the salvation and restoration to come through the Messiah.
Which brings us to our text. It is close to the year 500 B.C. and Zechariah speaks of the Messiah, a king who would come 500 years in the future and be undefeated for an eternity. He gives us several snippets of information concerning this unique and victorious king.
- There is reason for the Israelites to rejoice at this king’s coming. He is not a hostile king taking over. He is their king, coming to protect and watch over his subjects.
- He is perfectly holy and giving his subjects a way to be saved from every evil, including themselves.
- He will be seen as humble and riding not on a majestic horse, but on a donkey, just like his ancestor King David once did.
- He will bring peace among his people and his people will be found across the nations because his kingdom extends over every sea, over every land, over everything. His dominion is universal.
Now remember, this was Zechariah’s prophecy/prediction from God and he used it to give the people of Israel hope. Let’s fast forward 500 years later and see if this is what actually happened. Matthew 21 is one of the places we see this prophecy come true.
“As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee (Mt 21:1-11 NIV).”
Just as God promised through Zechariah, the king had come to Israel. He rode in on a donkey. He would bring peace to the nations. This was a week before he would be crucified on a cross, his perfect blood spilling from his body to cover the sins of the world so that all people could be at peace and be saved, just as the prophecy foretold. He certainly is a king of all people, including us. He is your king.
But did anyone ask you about it? Do you even want a king? You don’t need someone to tell you what to do or watch over you, do you? There is that little voice inside of you that says, “you can’t tell me what to do.” Whether it’s the government trying to keep you safe, or teachers and pastors trying to guide you in the right direction, or parents trying to mold you into a better, more complete person, or even a Savior who wants to bring you under his protection to a safe place for all eternity. “You can’t tell me what to do! I don’t need you! I can help myself!” We think we know what is best for us and we crown our own kings in our lives. We crown the wrong things in our lives. We treat our entertainment like royalty in our lives. “Sorry Jesus, I don’t have time for you. I have to watch my show.” We elevate our unnecessary worries to a higher rank. “Tough luck Jesus, I have to make more money before I can afford to talk to you.” We become lieges to our own insecurities. “Can’t come to you right now Jesus. I have to get better first.” And we place ourselves into kingly positions “Too bad Jesus, I know what’s best. Maybe I’ll turn to you if things don’t work out, but I’m trying it my way first.” We crown the wrong things over and over again, but let me let you in on a secret. Jesus is not just a king for someone else. Jesus is your king. He is the best king. He is always right. He wants what is best for you can bring it about with his royal decree. He is undefeated and will make you undefeated as well. I wonder if you know him? If you don’t know him very well. Let me try to describe this king to you. After all, he definitely wants to know you.
All descriptions in language fall short of the glory of God, but S.M. Lockridge in one of his most famous sermons got about as close as one can to describing this king Jesus who we are talking about today. I’d like to reproduce a part of his sermon for you.
“The Bible says my King is a seven-way king. He's the King of the Jews; that's a racial king. He's the King of Israel; that's a national King. He's the King of Righteousness. He's the King of the Ages. He's the King of Heaven. He's the King of Glory. He's the King of Kings, and He's the Lord of Lords. That's my King. Well, I wonder, do you know Him? David said, "The Heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork. My King is a sovereign King. No means of measure can define His limitless love. No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supply. No barrier can hinder Him from pouring out His blessings. He's enduringly strong. He's entirely sincere. He's eternally steadfast. He's immortally graceful. He's imperially powerful. He's impartially merciful. Do you know Him? He's the greatest phenomenon that ever crossed the horizon of this world. He's God's Son. He's a sinner's Savior. He's the centerpiece of civilization. He stands in the solitude of Himself. He's awesome. He's unique. He's unparalleled. He's unprecedented. He's the loftiest idea in literature. He's the highest personality in philosophy. He's the supreme problem in higher criticism. He's the fundamental doctrine of true theology. He's the cardinal necessity of spiritual religion. He's the miracle of the age. He's the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him. He's the only one qualified to be an all sufficient Savior. I wonder if you know Him today? He supplies strength for the weak. He's available for the tempted and the tried. He sympathizes and He saves. He strengthens and sustains. He guards and He guides. He heals the sick. He cleanses lepers. He forgives sinners. He discharges debtors. He delivers captives. He defends the feeble. He blesses the young. He serves the unfortunate. He regards the aged. He rewards the diligent. And He beautifies the meek. I wonder if you know Him? Well, my King is the King. He's the key to knowledge. He's the wellspring to wisdom. He's the doorway of deliverance. He's the pathway of peace. He's the roadway of righteousness. He's the highway of holiness. He's the gateway of glory. Do you know Him? Well, His office is manifold. His promise is sure. His light is matchless. His goodness is limitless. His mercy is everlasting. His love never changes. His Word is enough. His grace is sufficient. His reign is righteous. And His yoke is easy, and his burden is light. I wish I could describe Him to you, but He's indescribable. He's incomprehensible. He's invincible. He's irresistible. Well, You can't get Him out of your mind…You can't out live Him, And you can't live without Him. The Pharisees couldn't stand Him, but they found out they couldn't stop Him. Pilate couldn't find any fault in Him. The witnesses couldn't get their testimonies to agree. Herod couldn't kill Him. Death couldn't handle Him, And the grave couldn't hold Him. Yea! That's my King! That's my King. Father, "Yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory Forever" and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever. How long is that? And when you get through with all the forevers, then AMEN and AMEN! (“That’s My King! Do You Know Him?” by S.M. Lockridge from Shadowmountain.org)”
That’s my king. That’s your king. And I sure hope you know him. Isn’t it about time you gave him the time and honor worthy of a king? Finally someone who cares about you more than you do. Finally someone worthy of being a king. This king guides us to holiness with his scepter. This king rules as one with the Father and the Holy Spirit. This king watches over us and protects us from his throne. This king isn’t afraid to take action and serve. Who wouldn’t want to know this king? This king is willing to die for you. He did so on a cross to make sure your sins are forgiven. This king gives you peace and eternal life. This is your king. With him, you are undefeated. Amen.