The day we call Palm Sunday, or the Triumphal Entry of Jesus, was a day of much excitement. Read Luke 19:29 – 40. Luke 19:38a states “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord.” People were very happy because they were welcoming a new king. Why were they so excited about a king coming to town?
I. They knew they needed a king. This sounds odd to Americans, but their culture was different.
A. They realized that they were not smart enough. Oftentimes, we don’t know what the best decision to make is.
B. They realized that they were not strong enough.
C. They realized that they were not good enough. They realized they had a tendency to always put themselves first.
II. They knew the king they had was not the right one.
A. Their king was not the right one.
B. Our king is not the right one.
C. The right king would be:
- Wise. A wise king would be able to see the future and tell you how to act right now. What seems right to us is not always right. Proverbs 12:14 states “From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.”.
- Powerful. Psalm 146:3-4 states “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground on that very day their plans come to nothing.”
- Good. They needed someone who would do the right thing.
III. They knew that Jesus was the right King.
A. Jesus is wise. Jesus’s teaching had wisdom and insight. See Matthew 7:28 – 29. He made complicated things simple. People realized that he was more than just a normal man. Colossians 2:9 states “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form”. He knew that he would suffer, but he also knew that he would come back to life.
B. Jesus is powerful. He raised the dead, was able to cast out demons, and perform other miracles. See Matthew 8:27, Matthew 12:23, John 20:30-31, and Colossians 1:15 – 17.
C. Jesus is good. He does not use power and wisdom for selfish reasons. Acts 10:38b states “he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him”. Jesus is the good shepherd and lays down his life for us. See John 10:10-11, John 15:13, and Romans 5:8. Even though we rebelled against him and continue to do so, he still lays down his life for us.
D. Jesus is merciful. This is not a characteristic of a normal king. Romans 3:23 states “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. We have all gone our own way. See Romans 3:10-11 and Isaiah 53:6. Ephesians 2:4-7 explains that God offers mercy to us even though we don’t deserve it. Jesus didn’t come to punish, but he came to forgive.
Is Jesus your king? The king we were made to have is a heavenly king, not a king of the world. Have you recognized that you need a king? Have you made Jesus your king? Romans 10:9 states “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”