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Delivered By
Pastor Will Lott
Delivered On
April 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Zechariah 9:9
Subject
Palm Sunday
Description

Today is Palm Sunday, taken from the Gospels, where a whole city threw a parade for Jesus.

However, this day is bittersweet for us because even as we read of the celebration we know that Friday is coming, the cross is coming.

 

TEXT:  Zechariah 9:9

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!  Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!  Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.”

Our text was written hundreds of years before Jesus walked the earth.  Zechariah would pen these words down, not knowing when the Messiah would come but he knew how He would come.  These prophetic writings were kept safely and studied by the Jewish religious leaders. 

 

They didn’t want a lowly, humble, meek Savior entering the city on a young donkey but rather a king on a white horse, ready to overthrow the Roman oppression and reestablish Israel.

 


They looked in the natural for a kingdom and overlooked God’s supernatural Kingdom.


 

Passover was nearing.  People were commanded to come and bring sacrifices in honor of God delivering the Jews from the hands of Pharaoh in Egypt. 

 

Mark 11:1-10

 

This seemed like the entrance for a king but a few days later, the very same voices shouting “Hosanna” would be some of the same ones to shout “crucify Him!”

 

Jesus did not enter upon a royal, white stallion but on a young donkey as the prophet Zechariah prophesied.  A horse may have been considered war-like or even reserved for royalty, but a donkey… didn’t seem that special.

 

1)         Beast of Burden

•          often served many roles

•          worked hard and long

Donkeys do not normally show pain outwardly, they keep it bottled up.  We often do the same.

Like a donkey, we are great at masking our feelings.  The weight of the past keeps us from moving forward in Christ. 

 

2)         A Colt Tied

Most animals are either tied or penned to keep them from running away!

Is there something keeping you in one place today?

 

3)         No One has Ever Sat

This little donkey may have been tied for a reason, it was wild!

As free as we thought we may have been, we were still tied like this little donkey. 

 


Just as Jesus sent for the little donkey, Jesus sends for us!


Jesus had need for the little donkey because the donkey had a purpose and his purpose was found in Jesus.  Jesus gave the authority for the donkey to be loosed!

 

Have you ever felt like you were made for more, more than plowing the fields, carrying a heavy load?  The donkey found its purpose with Jesus and so can you.  And it begins with a cry of “Hosanna!” which is translated to mean “save us now, we pray.” 

 

“King” in Hebrew is “Meh-lekh” which is translated as “the one who can” or “the one who is able.”  Today we cry “Hosanna” and celebrate the arrival of King Jesus… “Save us now, we pray” to “the One who is able.”

 

“Behold, your King is coming to you!” proclaims Zechariah.  Have you received Him?