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Sun, Apr 09, 2017

Submission on Palm Sunday

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In the story of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, there are drawn for us several beautiful pictures of submission—a quality highly valued by God. This morning, we shall consider three illustrations of submission that can be found in our text. First is the submission of Jesus to the will of the Father. According to Luke 19:28 – “And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.” Even though the phrase ascending up to Jerusalem is brief, yet it is pregnant with meaning. In it there was fulfillment of prophecy. Christ fulfilled Zechariah’s prophecy precisely by riding into Jerusalem on a donkey (Zech. 9:9). The phrase is also suggestive of danger that Jesus was deliberately walking into. He was ascending up to Jerusalem—knowing full well the danger this act placed Him in. Thirdly, the phrase is evidence of Jesus’ submission to the Father’s will. This act would lead to the cross—the whole reason for His coming. Ahead of Him in Jerusalem lay the cross, the agony, the suffering, the pain, the drink of vinegar and gall, the crowd’s mocking, the spear in His side. When Jesus ascended up to Jerusalem, He knew all that was before Him. And yet—He was still submissive to the will of His Father. But the submission of Christ was not the only example of submission in this story. The second is the submission of the disciples to the will of the Savior in verses 29-35 – The disciples were given strange instructions about the colt in Luke 19:30-31. The disciples willingly submitted to the command of their Master, Jesus Christ
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In the story of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, there are drawn for us several beautiful pictures of submission—a quality highly valued by God. This morning, we shall consider three illustrations of submission that can be found in our text.

First is the submission of Jesus to the will of the Father. According to Luke 19:28 – “And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.” Even though the phrase ascending up to Jerusalem is brief, yet it is pregnant with meaning.

In it there was fulfillment of prophecy. Christ fulfilled Zechariah’s prophecy precisely by riding into Jerusalem on a donkey (Zech. 9:9). The phrase is also suggestive of danger that Jesus was deliberately walking into. He was ascending up to Jerusalem—knowing full well the danger this act placed Him in. Thirdly, the phrase is evidence of Jesus’ submission to the Father’s will. This act would lead to the cross—the whole reason for His coming. Ahead of Him in Jerusalem lay the cross, the agony, the suffering, the pain, the drink of vinegar and gall, the crowd’s mocking, the spear in His side.When Jesus ascended up to Jerusalem, He knew all that was before Him. And yet—He was still submissive to the will of His Father. But the submission of Christ was not the only example of submission in this story.

The second is the submission of the disciples to the will of the Savior in verses 29-35 – The disciples were given strange instructions about the colt in Luke 19:30-31. The disciples willingly submitted to the command of their Master, Jesus Christ. Besides Jesus and the disciples, there is one more picture of submission in our text. It is the submission of the donkey to the creator and king (Luke 19:35-38). The disciples brought this colt to Jesus, cast their garments on it, and Jesus sat on it—a colt on which no man had ever sat before, according to verse 30, that is, it was not broken.

And yet, when Jesus sat on it, it docilely carried Jesus into the city amid the loud throng. This is amazing since the most stubborn animal of all equine species is the donkey. Any farmer knows that the donkey has a reputation for being the most ornery, stubborn, hard-headed, contrary animal on the farm. And yet here we have the stubborn will of a donkey totally submitted to Jesus! All of nature was submissive to Jesus—storms, the winds, the sea, fish, rocks—they were all subject to His will. It is only mankind that shakes his stubborn fist in the face of God in rebellion. But that’s foolish and dangerous. God is your maker and the maker of something is its boss. You can live in sin if you choose and reject God’s free gift of salvation offered through His Son, Jesus, but someday a day of reckoning is coming. The writer of Hebrews said, “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27). Even a donkey submits to its Creator, so today, why don’t you listen to Him? So, here you have it—three examples of perfect submission: JESUS was obedient unto death—even the death of the cross. The DISCIPLES obeyed Jesus’s instructions, even an odd one about securing a mule for Him. And a stubborn old DONKEY obeyed the King of Kings! How about you? Have you submitted to God’s command to believe on Jesus and be saved? If not, then why don’t you bow your head today and tell God that you know you’re a sinner; that you’re under condemnation; that you accept His free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ; that you believe Jesus died for you; that you want to serve Him the rest of your life!

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