Sermon Transcript – The King Who Comes in the Name of the Lord

Series C – First Sunday of Advent – Sunday, November 29, 2015 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

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We proclaim Christ and Him crucified for our sins and salvation by grace through faith alone, and now, here’s a message from Pastor Chris Rosebrough:
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0:28the holy Gospel According to Saint Luke
0:30chapter 19 verses 28 through 40.
0:34after Jesus had said this he went on
0:36ahead going up to Jerusalem as he
0:39approached Bethpage and Bethany at the
0:42hill called the Mount of Olives
0:43he sent two of his disciples saying to
0:45them go to the Village ahead of you as
0:48you enter it you’ll find a cult tied
0:50there which no one has ever ridden untie
0:53it bring it here if anyone asks why are
0:55you untying it tell him the Lord needs
0:58it those who were sent ahead went and
1:01found a Justice he had told them as they
1:03were untying the cult its owners asked
1:05them why are you untying the cult they
1:08replied the Lord needs it
1:10they brought it to Jesus through their
1:12cloaks on the cult and put Jesus on it
1:15and as he went along people spread their
1:17cloaks on the road and when he came near
1:20the place where the road goes down the
1:22Mount of Olives the whole crowd of
1:24disciples began joyfully to praise God
1:26in loud voices for all the Miracles that
1:29they had seen blessed is the king who
1:32comes in the name of the Lord peace in
1:34heaven and glory in the highest some of
1:37the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus
1:39teacher rebuke your disciples I tell you
1:43he replied if they keep quiet the stones
1:46will cry out
1:48in the name of Jesus
1:50So In Our Gospel reading today you might
1:53recognize this as our Palm Sunday text
1:56it’s kind of a strange way to start off
1:59a new church here by the way Happy New
2:03yeah it’s today’s the first Sunday of
2:05the new church here because this is kind
2:07of like the Chinese New Year no one
2:09understands how that all works it just
2:10happens so today is the beginning of our
2:13new church here so a happy New Year and
2:16today’s Gospel text
2:17we are anticipating the arrival of our
2:20King this is advent is the season where
2:23we’re anticipating the arrival of Christ
2:25and you can kind of put it this way as
2:28Christians We Are In Perpetual Advent as
2:31we wait for Christ’s second Advent in
2:34between his first coming and his second
2:36coming and so as we read in the previous
2:39weeks where Jesus said stay awake I come
2:42quickly he does indeed come quickly we
2:44just don’t know when to us it seems like
2:46a long time but God’s never late Jesus
2:49is never late and so we’re constantly in
2:51anticipation of his arrival and so
2:55Advent prepares us for Christmas and
2:58Christmas prepares us for Easter and
3:00Easter prepares us for the end of the
3:01world and so the cycle continues and so
3:04with our text today it is a fulfillment
3:06of the prophecy found in Zechariah
3:08Chapter 9 verse 9. let me read it
3:10Rejoice greatly o Daughter of Zion shout
3:13aloud o daughter of Jerusalem behold
3:16your come as king your King has come
3:17coming to you righteous and having
3:20salvation he is humble and mounted on a
3:25on a cult the foal of the Donkey
3:29Jesus apparently didn’t come to flex
3:31political muscle notice that Kings
3:33normally ride in on war horses right
3:35Jesus comes in on a borrowed donkey
3:38and I mean that borrowed we’ll talk
3:40about this as we work through the text I
3:43mean those of you who have experienced
3:46daughters old enough to date
3:48if a boy came to your door and asked to
3:51take your daughter out on a date and he
3:53was in a borrowed car
3:59I’m just saying okay just I don’t even
4:02need to fill in the blank we all know
4:03kind of that feeling we’d have inside is
4:07this really the right guy well notice
4:09Jesus doesn’t come in writing on his own
4:12War stallion he comes in on a borrowed
4:15donkey so we’ll talk about that let’s
4:17return to the text and I’ll be reading
4:19from my translation here’s what it says
4:21when he said these things he was going
4:24ahead ascending to Jerusalem and it came
4:27about as he drew near to bethphage in
4:29Bethany to the mount that is called of
4:31Olives he sent two of the disciples
4:33saying go into the opposite Village in
4:36which as you are entering you will find
4:38a cult tied upon which no one ever of
4:41mankind has ever sat untie it and bring
4:44it I like the idioms of the old world
4:47upon which no one of mankind has ever
4:50sat Jesus officially said right so if
4:53anyone questions you here we’ve got this
4:56dubious thing so you want us to do what
4:58I want you to go over to that Village
5:00over there what do you want us to do
5:01Jesus uh okay there’s a cult there
5:04just untie it and bring it to me
5:08okay that’s called theft okay right you
5:13know back in the day I used to live in a
5:15place called horse thief Canyon and
5:17there was this big Oak Tree in horse
5:20thief Canyon and it had died decades
5:23before we had ever arrived there but as
5:25The Story Goes horse thief Canyon was
5:28named as a result of the horse thieves
5:30who were caught and then hung on that
5:33tree now I don’t know if back in the day
5:35the Cowboys in Jerusalem would uh you
5:38know get a posse together and go hunt
5:41down a cult stealer but you kind of get
5:43the idea this is a little bit on the
5:45dicey side and so if anyone questions
5:48you Jesus said for what reason you are
5:51untying it thus you shall say
5:54the Lord has need of it
5:57the Lord what
6:00since when does the Lord have need
6:05think about this for a second
6:09scripture says that God owns the cattle
6:11on a thousand hills
6:13I think he does
6:15Jesus doesn’t come to us in riches he
6:18comes to us in poverty and he comes his
6:21great triumphal entry into Jerusalem
6:24not as a triumphal King but as a beggar
6:27one who has need
6:31he’s humble
6:32having salvation riding on a cult the
6:36foal of a donkey so the Lord has need of
6:38it so those who were sent went and found
6:42it just as Jesus had told them and as
6:46they were untying the cult the owners
6:48plural said to them why are you untying
6:52The Cult
6:53and then we all say awkward
7:00and I I almost imagined they say like
7:03the Lord has need of it
7:07yeah because it’s such a silly sentence
7:09right the Lord has need of it oh okay
7:12that’s fine
7:18so they LED it to Jesus
7:22and then throwing their garments on the
7:24cult and they set Jesus on it
7:28and then while they were proceeding they
7:30were spreading beneath him their cloaks
7:33in the road now this is an interesting
7:36thing hematia in the Greek it could be
7:39cloaks it could be clothes we have
7:41people literally undressing to some
7:44degree or another in order to spread
7:48for The King The Humble King he’s not
7:50coming in on a red carpet he’s coming in
7:53on smelly laundry right
7:56yeah I mean this is this is his great
7:58triumphal entry all right so they’re
8:00spreading their their clothes beneath
8:03them they’re disrobing in some sense and
8:05as he was drawing near now to The
8:07Descent of the Mount of Olives the whole
8:10multitude of the disciples
8:13keep this in mind it doesn’t say the
8:14whole multitude it says the whole
8:16multitude of the disciples
8:19began to praise God in a loud voice
8:21rejoicing for all the Miracles they had
8:24seen now to kind of paint the picture of
8:27just how underwhelming this is in Acts
8:29chapter 1 verse 15 we have the total
8:32number of Believers in Christ post death
8:36and resurrection of Jesus are you ready
8:39for the whopping number
8:46that’s it
8:47so here we’ve got the beggar King on a
8:50borrowed cult coming in with a multitude
8:54of a group of people well
8:57if you think about it not much bigger
9:00than a Kong’s Winger funeral
9:02in fact I’ve been to Kong’s New York
9:04funerals where there have been more
9:05people than 120.
9:08Jesus was not a multi-site mega church
9:13he did not command the attentions of
9:15tens of thousands in fact when we read
9:17about Jesus
9:19basically taking Loaves and Fishes and
9:22feeding a multitude of 5 000 men
9:24John chapter 6 makes it clear after that
9:27he got into such a dispute and started
9:28saying such harsh words harsh words like
9:31unless you eat my flesh and drink my
9:32blood you have no life in you that most
9:34of the people who thought that Jesus was
9:36the bee’s knees decided yeah this guy’s
9:38saying some tough things I don’t think
9:39we can believe this
9:42so at the end of the day the final tally
9:45for Jesus
9:51that’s not impressive is it by all of
9:56the world’s standards Jesus is a total
9:58flop complete washout complete and utter
10:03he doesn’t own a private jet has to
10:05borrow a cult I mean what kind of loser
10:09are we following
10:11see that’s the thing
10:13Jesus didn’t come to flex political
10:15muscles and be well Successful by the
10:19world standard
10:21he didn’t come to call the Beautiful
10:24he called the he came to save sinners
10:28and Philippians 2 makes it clear that
10:30this is all part of Christ’s humbling he
10:34humbled himself and was found in the
10:37form of a servant and became obedient
10:41obedient even to death on the cross you
10:43think this is scandalous
10:46the cross is even more scandalous
10:50because there’s Jesus and according to
10:52the Mosaic Covenant
10:54cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree
11:00and there’s Jesus
11:01nailed to a tree
11:05by their standards and as World
11:06standards this man has nothing to offer
11:12you shouldn’t even be listening to him
11:15he is a despised criminal he’s cursed of
11:19God indeed truly he was but see there’s
11:22kind of the issue he was cursed for me
11:25he was cursed for you
11:27scripture says in Isaiah that he was
11:30pierced for our transgressions he was
11:33bruised for our iniquities the
11:36punishment the chastisement that gives
11:38us peace with God was upon him or as
11:41Paul writes God made him to be sin who
11:45knew no sin
11:46so that you might be the righteousness
11:48of God
11:49so there’s Jesus on his way to the cross
11:53in a very unimpressive
11:58and he had to put it in quotes
12:01on a borrowed donkey humble
12:04having salvation
12:08so they began to praise God in loud
12:10voice rejoicing for all the Miracles
12:12that they had seen saying and here’s
12:15what the disciples said blessed is the
12:20despite the meanness and Poverty of this
12:23whole situation they are proclaiming
12:25that Jesus is the son of David that he’s
12:28the king blessed is the king who comes
12:30in the name of the Lord and we’ll talk
12:32about that remember that phrase in the
12:33name of the Lord in the name of the Lord
12:36in the name of the Lord in heaven peace
12:38and glory in the highest
12:41oh but the Pharisees were on the scene
12:43oh those Pharisees
12:45yeah they’re all about money they’re all
12:47about Fame they’re all about wealth
12:49they’re all about power they’re all
12:50about themselves and they’re not about
12:53to well let this sad and pathetic
12:58rejoicing in Jesus go unchallenged
13:00because they knew what the prophecy of
13:03Zechariah said and they knew that what
13:06Jesus and his disciples were doing were
13:08fulfilling Zechariah Chapter 9 9 and the
13:10Pharisees had already made it very clear
13:12yeah we get that you’re performing
13:14Miracles but we refuse to believe that
13:16you’re doing this by the hand of God
13:17instead we think you’re doing this
13:19because you’re doing this in the power
13:20of bials above they knew that Jesus was
13:24fulfilling all of the Prophecies of the
13:25Messiah and they said not that Messiah
13:28we need one who’s helpful who’s relevant
13:32who can help meet our needs get rid of
13:34these pesky Romans and help restore the
13:36glory of Israel not that Jesus and so
13:40here’s what they say to him
13:43the Pharisees from the crowd said to
13:45Jesus teacher rebuke your disciples
13:50shut them up
13:53they’re embarrassing us
13:56we refuse to believe that this is really
14:00the Messiah
14:02make them be quiet
14:04and Jesus’s reply is I say to you if
14:07these will not if these will be silent
14:09the stones will cry out
14:12and I don’t think Jesus was talking
14:13metaphorically here
14:15I think that’s really what would have
14:18and what’s funny is is that this story
14:21of the embarrassment and the rebuking of
14:23the Pharisees it’s kind of hidden in
14:25type and Shadow in another text of the
14:29Bible found in second Samuel chapter six
14:33the story of The Return of the Ark of
14:35the Covenant
14:36to Jerusalem when David is King here’s
14:39what it says
14:40when Obed when David went and brought
14:43the Ark of God from the house of Obed
14:45Edom to the city of David with rejoicing
14:48and when those Who Bore the Ark of the
14:50Lord had gone six steps he sacrificed an
14:52ox and a fatted animal and David danced
14:55before the Lord with all of his might
14:57and David was wearing a linen ephod
15:00he’d somewhat disroped taking some of
15:03his clothes off we have kind of a
15:05similar idea going on here so David in
15:07all the house of Israel brought up the
15:09Ark of the Lord with shouting and with
15:12the sound of the horn and by the way
15:14what’s the lid of the Ark called by the
15:16way do you all remember
15:18it’s called The Mercy Seat
15:22it is that mercy seat on which the blood
15:25of the day of atonement the sacrificial
15:28animal is poured out onto The Mercy Seat
15:31pointing us to Christ so Jesus is
15:34entering Jerusalem
15:36this time hidden in a box
15:39he would so as the Ark of the Lord came
15:41to the city of David McCall the daughter
15:44of Saul who by the way is
15:47the the Bride of David
15:50she looked out of the window and saw
15:52King David leaping and dancing before
15:53the Lord and she despised him in her
15:59and they brought the Ark of the Lord and
16:00set it in its place inside the tent that
16:03David had pitched for it and David
16:04offered burnt offerings and peace
16:06offerings before the Lord and when David
16:08had finished offering the burnt
16:09offerings and the peace offerings he
16:11blessed the people in the name of the
16:13Lord of hosts and distributed among all
16:15the people the whole multitude of Israel
16:16both men and women a cake of bread a
16:19portion of meat a cake of raisins to
16:22each one and then all the people
16:23departed each to his house and David
16:27to bless his household and then you can
16:30hear the very serious somber music in
16:32the background done done done but McCall
16:35the daughter of Saul came out to meet
16:38David and said how the king of Israel
16:40honored himself today uncovering himself
16:43today before the eyes of his servants
16:45female servants as one of the vulgar
16:48fellows shamelessly uncovers himself
16:55how this all works so David said to
16:58it was before the Lord who chose me
17:01above your father and above all his
17:03house to appoint me as Prince over
17:05Israel the people of the Lord I will
17:08celebrate before the Lord in fact I will
17:10make myself yet even more contemptible
17:12than this and I will be a beast in your
17:15eyes but by the female Servants of whom
17:17you have spoken by them I shall be held
17:19in honor
17:21so notice in this story The despised
17:24lowly made servants
17:27get it
17:29ones who have poverty get it and David
17:33is honored in their eyes for his
17:36rejoicing and praising of the Lord in
17:38the return of The Mercy Seat to
17:42but McCall
17:44the princess
17:45the rich
17:47the powerful
17:48the self-absorbed I’m sure her Tiara was
17:51wonderful to look at
17:55she was embarrassed by all of this
17:58showing that she had no faith
18:01she didn’t trust in the Lord she trusted
18:03in herself she trusted in her power she
18:05trusted in her riches and so she was
18:09by this shouting dancing and praising
18:12and much like the Pharisees she had to
18:14get her little quip in
18:19here’s how this story ends
18:21and McCall the daughter of Saul
18:25had no child to the day of her death
18:33the son of David is not married to an
18:39see it
18:40he’s not
18:42so she spends the rest of her life in
18:44her room alone
18:48and dies
18:53but the reality of the situation is
18:56who has no faith
18:58dies childless even if they have
19:00physical children
19:02because Jesus talks about fruitfulness
19:05the fruitfulness of the Kingdom as the
19:08one who bears fruit for the kingdom
19:10and that only happens by faith
19:13in the one who humbly trusts in the Lord
19:16and his mercy and his forgiveness and
19:18Grace and goes and tells the world of
19:21what Jesus has done and calls people to
19:23repent and to believe in him
19:26the one who does that
19:29fathers and mothers children and
19:31children and children some 60 some 30
19:34some 100 fold
19:38think about that
19:40coming back to our
19:44now let me remind you
19:47blessed is the king who comes in the
19:49name of the Lord was the phrase I wanted
19:51you to remember
19:53let me read again from Jeremiah chapter
19:5533 but a slightly different translation
19:57to help you see something here in those
20:01Judah shall be saved
20:03Jerusalem shall dwell in safety
20:06and this is the name by which she shall
20:09be called
20:11in our NIV it says it ESV it says it the
20:15Hebrew pronoun is she the nasb gets it
20:18right by the way
20:20in those days this is the name by which
20:22she shall be called
20:25the Lord is our righteousness
20:31so this Advent here we have our King
20:35writing in on a borrowed donkey
20:37people disrobing before him
20:41throwing their smelly clothes in front
20:43of him and shouting blessed is the king
20:45who comes in the name of the Lord in the
20:47name of the Lord as the Lord is our
20:50and she will be named by this this is
20:53her name
20:54and I think that reference is ultimately
20:56the church
20:57we who are in Christ we collectively are
21:00the bride of Christ yes that includes
21:02you men as well
21:03that’s the metaphor
21:05and like the brides of the past when
21:09they’re married they take on the name of
21:11their husband
21:12the name of the Bride of the of the Lord
21:14is this the Lord is our righteousness
21:18see we come to Jesus in poverty we come
21:21to Jesus in need we come to Jesus
21:24without anything on our own just like he
21:27was humble and came on a borrowed cold
21:29we come to Jesus bruised beaten battered
21:33bankrupt spiritually
21:35completely sinful and in need
21:38and Jesus rather than turn us away
21:41says to us
21:43I love you
21:44and he goes to the cross and he bleeds
21:47and dies for our sins and then he covers
21:49Us in his righteousness
21:52we are clothed in splendor Beyond
21:55and this is what Jesus does for his
21:58bride so that our name is the church is
22:02this the Lord is our righteousness not a
22:05righteousness of your own it’s a
22:06righteousness given and so this Advent
22:10as we anticipate the arrival of Jesus
22:14the arrival of Jesus born of the virgin
22:18let us also anticipate his second Advent
22:22where he comes in glory to call us from
22:26the grave to clothe Us in new bodies and
22:29so we shall ever see him without end and
22:32by the way what’s the first order of
22:34business upon Jesus’s return after the
22:37creation of the new heavens and new
22:38earth it’s the wedding Feast of the Lamb
22:43so let us anticipate that day
22:45when we get to write on our documents
22:49the Lord is our righteousness because
22:52that’s our name in the name of Jesus
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