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Mark 11:1-11; Zechariah 9:9-10

Mark 11:1-11; Zechariah 9:9-10


Sermon: Jesus the King
Bible Passage: Mark 11:1-11; Zechariah 9:9-10

I. About 520 years before Christ, prophet Zechariah prophesied that the King of Judea would emerge soon (Zech 9:9-10 “entrance liturgy.” This is the prophecy about the reign of “new David”)

1. The prophet introduces the King as “your King” (verse 9)
2. He will be righteous
3. He will bring salvation to His people
4. He will be “humble”
5. He will ride a donkey, a colt (not a warrior, but a peaceful king)
6. (a radically altered king’s imagery! Not aggressive, exploitative!)

II. The King mentioned in Zech 9:9-10 will be characterized by peace (blessing, wholeness)

1. He will put an end to the war: no chariots, war horses, and war equipments
2. He would establish peaceful relationship with rest of the world
3. His reign will expand beyond Judean geographical boundary

III. Jesus offers Himself as the King of Judea as a fulfillment of Zech 9:9-10 (Jesus walked all the way from Capernaum to Mount of Olives, then rode a donkey)

1. It’s an enacted parable, non-verbal claim
2. In the previous passage, Jesus was addressed as “Son of David” (10:47)—a messianic title
3. He calls Himself “Lord” (11:3) The language may imply that, as the messiah/king/Son of David, he has the right to request anything he needs
4. He rides a donkey, that was never ridden before (11:7-8; Zech 9:9) According to the Mishnah, no one else is allowed to ride upon the animal that the king rides (m. Sanh. 2.5)
5. He is humble, not a military combatant (cf. 14:48-49; Matt 12:18-21)
6. He brings the message of the salvation to the people (cf. Luke 4:18-19) [the kingdom God offers through Jesus is internal in character]

IV. The people of Jerusalem and Judea did not grasp Jesus’ offer

1. Some people sang “Hosanna” (“save us” cf. Psalm 118:25-26) “Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you”
2. But their acknowledgement of Jesus and enthusiasm did not last too long (they were like the disciples, with spiritual myopia)
3. They are like the fruitless fig tree that dried and withered instantly (cf. Mark 11:11ff)
4. Even today, many followers of Jesus do not grasp who He is [they sing and follow Jesus for wrong reasons]

Take Away:

How do you respond to Jesus’ offer to be the King? (in contemporary language “Leader”)

A. Accept Jesus as your King

1. Serve Him with obedience (11:2-3a)
2. Honor Him by not withholding (11:3b)
3. Allow Him to have all authority over you (11:7c)
4. Accepts what He offers to you and not what you want of Him (11:9-10)

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at