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

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

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I. God promised the people of Judah their King about 500 years before Jesus (Zechariah 9:9-10)

1. He will be righteous (conforming to a standard fully qualified to take David’s throne Isaiah 11:4-5, honest in dealings, moral standard based on God character, godliness and truth)
2. He will bring salvation to His people (active sense although it is niphal)
3. He will be “humble” (it could mean “poor” Zechariah 7:10 and “afflicted” Isaiah 14:32)
4. He will ride a donkey (cf. 2 Samuel 16:2), a colt (not a warrior, but a peaceful kingdom)

II. The Promised King [mentioned in Zechariah 9:9-10] will be characterized by peace

1. He will put an end to the war assets such as: chariots, war horses, and bows

(a) The swords would become ploushers (Isaiah 2:4)
(b) Warriors boots will be burnt in fire (Isaiah 9:5)
(c) The wolf would live with the lamb (Isaiah 11:6)

2. He would establish peaceful relationship with rest of the world (Ephraim Ezekiel 37:16-20)
3. His reign will expand beyond Judean geographical boundary (“sea to sea” is merism! Jerusalem is the “city of peace”)

III. Jesus offers Himself as the King of Judea and Jerusalem as a fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9-10

1. He enters Jerusalem from Mount of Olives—messianic significance [cf. Zechariah 14:3 cf. 2 Kings 9:13]
2. He rides a donkey (cf. Zechariah 9:9)—significance?
3. He is humble, not a military combatant (cf. 14:48-49; Matthew 12:18-21)
4. 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” but it looks like that their enthusiasm was sustained (“save us” cf. Psalm 118:25-26) [People’s reception of Jesus paralleled Jehu’s reception (cf. 1 Kings 9:12-13)] —enthronement/covenant renewal
2. Jesus equates them to the fig tree that dried and withered instantly (cf. Mark 11:11ff)
3. Even today, many followers of Jesus do not grasp who He is [they sing and follow Jesus for wrong reasons]

V. Take Away

1. Accept Jesus as your King/leader [This narrative gives us a model how it will look when you accept Jesus as your King] (How would it look if Jesus were your King?)

(a) Serve Him with obedience (11:2-3a)
(b) Honor Him by not withholding (11:3b)
(c) Allow Him to have all authority over you (11:7c)
(d) 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 wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org