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THE KING IS COMING
Intro: Today is Palm
Sunday. This is the day when
Christian people around the world commemorate the triumphal entry of our
Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ into
This morning I want to preach about this King. I want to point out three aspects of this King’s coming. Let’s take the time this morning to look at three special passages of Scripture that talk about the coming of the King. I want to preach for a while on this thought: The King Is Coming!
I. Zech. 9:9 THE PROPHECY OF THE COMING KING
This Is A Powerful Prophecy
is just, and having salvation” - Zechariah writes to tell the people
that the most anticipated event in human history is going to come to pass in
That was the promise of the angel who announced the birth of Jesus to Joseph, Matt. 1:21. That was the pronouncement made by John the Baptist, John 1:29. And, that was just what Jesus did when He came to this world. He went to the cross and did what millions of gallons of animal blood had not been able to do. He paid the entire debt of sin owed by mankind, Heb. 10:11-14; 9:11-14.
This Is A Precise Prophecy
– Zechariah told his readers exactly how they would be able to recognize this
King when He came to them. He would come
to them riding “upon a colt of an ass.”
Daniel, in his book, adds to this prophecy, Dan. 9:24-27. In these verses, God's plan for the nation of
1. These are weeks of years and not days - Dan 9:27; Dan. 12:11
2. This is a 490 year period.
3. A general chronology is:
They will begin with the order to rebuild
b. The next phase covers 69 weeks of years broken down into two portions, v.25b
It took 7 weeks of years, or 49 years to rebuild
From that time, there were 62 weeks of years, or 434 years until Messiah was to
come. If taken literally, these 483
years leading up to the coming of Messiah would equal 173,880 days. Ending on Sunday,
April 6, 32 AD, or the exact day Jesus entered
c. After Messiah comes, there are several prophetic events that will take place:
Messiah will be cut off - The crucifixion! (
There will be a great war that will engulf
4. 69 weeks, or 483 years of the prophecy have been literally fulfilled, there is one week, or 7 seven years remaining.
What does all this mean? Jesus, the King came exactly as the Old Testament had said He would. He also came at the exact moment that Old Testament had said He would. He fulfilled this prophecy to the letter!
would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. In order to help us comprehend this
staggering probability, Stoner illustrates it by supposing that "we
take 1017 silver dollars and lay them on the face of
Stoner considers 48 prophecies and says, we find the chance that any one man fulfilled all 48 prophecies to be 1 in 10 to the 157the power, or 1 followed by 157 zeros!)
What does this mean? Jesus is Who He claims to be!
This Is A Personal Prophecy
King cometh unto thee” – Zechariah tells his readers that this coming
King was coming for individuals. As we
have noted over the last several Sunday morning services, Jesus ministered to
people. The individual was on His heart
and at the very heart of His ministry.
Note such verses as Luke 19:10;
John 3:16, “whosoever”. In the great
parables of Luke 15, Jesus is seen
looking for the sheep, the silver and the son, one on one! He came for you!
II. Luke 19:28-40 THE PRESENTATION OF THE COMING KING
A. v. 37 He Came With The Right Authentication – “Mighty works” – These two words describe the ministry of Jesus to the letter. From His miraculous conception through all the great things He did, the life of Jesus was a life of miracles. Of course, this was to be the calling car of the coming King. Isa. 61:1-2. In the early part of His ministry, Jesus claimed to be the fulfillment of those verses, Luke 4:16-32. Not only did He claim to be the Messiah, He proved it by healing the sick, casting out devils, raising the dead, and displaying His authority over nature. Jesus authenticated His claim to be the Messiah by the miracles He performed.
B. v. 37-38 He Came With The Right Announcements – “began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice…” – Not only was the life of Jesus authenticated by the right works, it was also proven by the right words. His disciples praised Him just as Zechariah had said they would. The angels that announced His birth proclaimed Him to be the One, Luke 2:9-11. Even the devils and demonic spirits knew Who Jesus was while He walked here, Mark 5:6-8. Besides that, Isaiah had said that the Messiah’s coming would be preceded by the ministry of a “forerunner,” Isa. 40:3-5. John the Baptist was the fulfillment of this prophecy, John 1:19-31. All the evidence says that He is Who He claimed to be!
v. 39-40 He Came With The Right Adversaries – As Jesus is entering
the city as the King, His enemies know exactly what is happening! They knew about the words of Daniel and
Zechariah. They knew that Jesus was
presenting Himself that day, in their presence as the King of Israel! However, they had no intention of believing
this Man, and in less than a week, they join with their enemies, the Romans,
and demand His death on a cross! Of
course, the Old Testament prophets said it would be this way, Isa. 53:3; Zech. 13:6. And, it was!
When the King came to His Own people, they refused to receive Him as
their King, John 1:11. (
He Came With The Right
Accomplishment – Isaiah had said that when Messiah came, He would give
His life for His people. Isa. 53:1-12. And, that is exactly what Jesus did. His Own people rejected Him and demanded His
death in the cross. So, He was condemned
to die and He went to
(Note: Friends, you can either receive Jesus, or you can reject Him, but you need to know that He is Who the Bible says He is! It has been proven in more ways than you and I can imagine. Jesus is the King of Kings! He is the Savior of men. He is the ONLY way to God, John 14:6!)
III. Rev. 19:11-16 THE PROMISE OF THE COMING KING
v. 11a The Promise Of His Appearing – Even before the King went
away, there was the promise of His return.
He said so Himself, John 14:1-3. Paul talked about His coming again, 1 Thes. 4:16-17. His coming should not
catch men off guard since it has been so well announced, but it will, Rev. 1:7. (
B. v. 11-16 The Promise Of His Authority – The first time He came, He was indistinguishable from the other men of His time, Isa. 53:1-2. When He came the first time, He did not have a home or a place to lay His head, Matt. 8:20. When He came the first time, men mocked Him, rejected Him and put Him to death. But, when He comes the next time, things are going to be different! You see, He isn’t coming as “the lowly Nazarene”; He is coming as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This time He isn’t coming to redeem man, He is coming to rule over men, Rev. 2:27. He will not be mocked this time, but He will put all of His enemies under His feet. Men will not put Him to death this time, but with the word of His mouth, He will subdue and destroy the enemies of God!
C. v. 16 The Promise Of His Adjudication – Verse 16 tells that this coming King is the “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS”. He is the ruler of rulers. As a ruler, He will occupy a throne and He will govern. He will reign in righteousness, perfection and glory on this earth for 1,000 years, Rev. 20:1-10. At the end of that period, Satan and all of his followers will be cast into Hell forever! Then, Rev. 20:11-15 tells us that this King will sit upon a great white throne and that He will judge the lost and will condemn each one to the lake of fire forever. Notice Rev. 20:15, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
I point that out to say this: This King Who came in peace, love and grace to give His life on a cross to save lost souls will one day return as a ruling Monarch. In that day, all those who have refused His gift of salvation, will be cast into the lake of fire. In other words, the very One Who could be your Savior today will be your judge on that day! No amount of pleading or praying will change His mind. The day of grace will have passed forever and you will be eternally lost. You will be forever separated from God, from saved loved ones, from everything of beauty and pleasure. You will be cast into a place of eternal punishment, eternal death and eternal horror.
Friend, the best thing you can do today is to come to Jesus Christ and be saved. If you have never been saved, today it the day when you need to do just that! Today, He will receive you and He will be your Savior, John 6:37. If you wait and die lost, then the One Who could have saved you will be the One Who will condemn you!
Conc: I have tried to show you today that Jesus is Who the Bible says that He is! He is the Son of God. He is the Lamb of God. He is the only Way to God. Do you know Him as your personal Savior? Has there ever been a moment in your life when you called on Him by faith and were saved from your sins?
Here’s the bottom line. It all comes down to this: If you died today and stood before God up in Heaven and He looked down and you and you looked up at Him and He said, “Why should I let you in to My heaven?” What would you say? Are you saved? Are you sure? Are you serving? Are you thankful? If you need Him, He is here for you! You come if He is calling!