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Milestones With The Master

His Presentation As King

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | March 27, 1977

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Even though it didn’t look very impressive by the world’s standards, Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem signaled a victory. In this message, Pastor Wiersbe walks us through what that triumphal entry meant to Jesus, to Israel, and to us today. Through His victory over death, Jesus made a way for all people to be reconciled to God and the only way for true peace to enter our lives.

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.

We often call Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem His triumphal entry, but it really appears very ordinary.

Jesus rode on a donkey surrounded by peasants holding tree branches and spreading old clothes.

Even though this event didn’t look very impressive by the world’s standards, it was a triumph for Jesus.

In Jerusalem Jesus tore the veil in the temple, united Jews and Gentiles, and made a way for all people to be reconciled to God.

Jesus’ coming to Jerusalem was a victory for the whole world.

We can share in Jesus’ triumph and have peace in our lives.

Three meanings of the triumphal entry that help us share in the victory of Christ:

-       Obedience: What the triumphal entry meant to Jesus.

  • The triumphal entry meant Jesus was going to obey and fulfill the Word of God.
  • Wherever Jesus went and whatever He did He was obeying God.
  • Jesus was obeying three Scriptures in the triumphal entry: that He would come (Psalm 118:25-26), when He would come (Daniel 9:24-27), and how He would come (Zechariah 9:9).
  • By obeying Scripture, Jesus was signing His own death warrant. 
  • How many of us are willing to obey when it means suffering and death?
  • Jesus obeyed the Word of God in spite of what it cost Him because the blessing on the other side was worth it.

-       Opportunity: What the triumphal entry meant to Israel.

  • Deuteronomy 20:10-12 commanded Israel to offer peace to their enemies before destroying them.
  • Jesus could have declared war on Jerusalem for their ungodliness, but instead He brought an opportunity for peace.
  • The only true peace which can be found is in heaven because of Jesus’ sacrifice.
  • God’s arms are reached out in love and peace toward the world.
  • The next time Jesus comes to face His enemies, He will be a conqueror bringing judgment.

-       Obligation: What the triumphal entry means to believers today.

  • We have an obligation to make Jesus king in our lives.
  • Today Jesus is seated on a throne in heaven—not buried in a grave or hanging on a cross.
  • Right now, it looks like Satan is king because evil is rampant on Earth, but Jesus is king wherever He is allowed to be king.
  • Jesus is a different kind of king: He rules through love and meekness.
  • Jesus rules over us through His Word, the Bible.
  • As we read and obey the Bible, we are reigning with Jesus.
  • When we disobey the Word of God, we remove Jesus from His spot as king of our lives. When Jesus is not king there is no peace, joy, or fulfillment.

Ask Jesus to be king in your life today.

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