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Jesus Creator Savior King

Jesus Creator Savior King

“There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12 (NASB)

How many times will humans continue to repeat their past mistakes?

How many times will they prefer their own rules for living _ and reject the rules of their Creator?

How many times will they prefer human rulers and reject their King, their Creator, their Savior?

There is an old saying, “The only thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn anything from history.”

This morning we will see if we can learn anything from history.

A little over 3,400 years ago, the Children of Israel crossed over the Jordon into the Promised Land.

They were under the human leadership _ of Joshua and Caleb, two men who followed God.

God was their King.

For about 56 years Israel followed the Lord.

Shortly before Joshua died at the age of 110 years, _ he challenged Israel to obey the Lord.

“Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders who survived Joshua, and had known all the deeds of the LORD which He had done for Israel. _ Joshua 24:31 (NASB)


But then for 299 years they went their own way and trouble came to them _ all during the days of the Judges & Ruth.

And the last verse of the book of Judges says, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25 (NASB)

That means, there was no king. God was no longer their King and God had not yet established human kings for Israel.

And in the 8th chapter of 1st Samuel the children of Israel said to Samuel, "Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations."

But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." And Samuel prayed to the LORD.

The LORD said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me _ from being king over them.” 1 Samuel 8:5-7 (NASB)

So, God gave them King Saul and when Saul failed to obey God, God fired him and chose a shepherd boy named David.

David was a shepherd, a Psalmist, a musician, a mighty warrior, a man of prayer, and a king.

And God made a promise to David.

"Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever." 2 Samuel 7:16 (NASB)

But David’s son Solomon turned away to idols in his old age and in 931 B.C., God divided the kingdom in two.

The northern kingdom of Israel made up of 10 tribes and the Kingdom of Judah made up of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.

The Northern kingdom of Israel served wicked kings for 209 years _ and God had them carried away by the Assyrians in 722 B.C.

Judah had a few, very few, kings who followed God.

God warned them repeatedly through His prophets; but, they seldom listened so God sent Nebuchadnezzar and his army to destroy Jerusalem and the Temple.

Judah was carried away to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar.

And the young man Daniel was carried away with them.

If you want to understand the rest of this historic event read the Book of Daniel.

Today, we will look at a few verses of Daniel, Chapter 9, to lay part of the historic basis _ for why we celebrate Palm Sunday.

When we get to chapter 9, _ Daniel had been in captivity for nearly 70 years.

He knew God was about to deliver them from captivity, by reading Jeremiah’s prophesies.

Daniel knew Jerusalem was desolate and he prayed a mighty prayer of personal repentance and repentance for his nation Judah.

We will start reading in verse 16 of his prayer.

Daniel 9:16-27 (NASB)

16 "O Lord, in accordance with all Your righteous acts, let now Your anger and Your wrath turn away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; for because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, _ Jerusalem and Your people have become a reproach to all those around us.

17 “So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for Your sake, O Lord, let Your face shine on Your desolate sanctuary.

18 “O my God, incline Your ear and hear! Open Your eyes and see our desolations and the city which is called by Your name; for we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion.

19 “O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, _ because Your city and Your people are called by Your name."

20 Now while I was speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God,

21 while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering.

22 He gave me instruction and talked with me and said, "O Daniel, _ I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding.

23 “At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed; so give heed to the message _ and gain understanding of the vision.

24 “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy _ and to anoint the most holy place.

25 “So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress.

26 “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.

So, _ why did we read this on Palm Sunday?

God’s messenger, the Angel Gabriel, just told Daniel, and us, and the Jews exactly when _ Jesus would ride into Jerusalem.

This is one of the mysteries of God. _ And it is a solvable mystery.

Today we reckon time in decades, _ periods of 10 years. Seven decades would be 70 years.

Daniel’s people though in terms of heptads, _ periods of sevens.

Seven days = one week.

Every seventh year is a Sabbath Year, or a week of years.

Seventy Sabbath years would be 490 years.

If you carefully study what Gabriel told the world and do the math, adjusting for the differences between the 360 day Hebrew years and the 365 day years of our calendar, _ you can calculate that Messiah the Prince will come to Jerusalem exactly when He did.

In John chapter 5, the Jewish leaders again wanted to kill Jesus and he said to them, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” John 5:39-40 (NIV2011)

The Scriptures teach us that they were temporarily blinded so we Gentiles could be saved.

They could study the Scriptures diligently _ and still fail to recognize Messiah their Prince when He was speaking directly to them.

Jesus testified to them repeatedly over a period of about three years and they would not believe His testimony.

The 69 sabbath years prophesied by Gabriel were almost completed.

Messiah the Prince would soon present Himself as their King by riding into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey _ and they would crucify Him.

Gabriel had just told us Messiah the Prince would be cut off, and Zachariah prophesied His triumphant entry into the city:

Zechariah 9:9 says, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (NASB)

So, Messiah rode into Jerusalem at exactly the time appointed by God and prophesied by Gabriel.

He rode in on the colt of a donkey exactly as prophesied by Zechariah.

He came to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy _ and to anoint the most holy place.

Some of this was fulfilled at Christ’s first coming to Jerusalem. The rest will be accomplished when He returns and His feet touch down on the Mount of Olives.

All of these events are exactly according to God’s plan which was made before the creation of the world.

He would allow the evil rebellious nature of humans to run its course, _ so Christ could die for their sins.

Paul writes of these matters in 1 Corinthians chapter 2, verses 6-14

6 Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, _ who are passing away;

7 but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages _ to our glory;

8 the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory;

9 but just as it is written, "THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM."

10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, _ even the depths of God.

11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God,

13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, _ combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.

14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. (NASB)

All lost people are spiritually blind and they cannot recognize what is right in front of them, until God the Holy Spirit heals their blindness and gives them spiritual sight.

They are blinded by unbelief.

“…. without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

The Jewish leaders diligently studied the Scriptures; _ but, they did not diligently seek God.

They did not believe the testimony of Jesus, the Son of God.

Jesus healed the sick.

Jesus made the lame to walk.

Jesus gave sight to the blind.

Jesus cleansed the lepers.

Jesus preached the good news to the poor.

Jesus calmed the storms.

Jesus walked on water.

Jesus raised the dead.

How many times must Jesus prove that He is God in the flesh before some people will believe in Him?

How many times must Jesus prove it to you?

If Jesus convinces you to believe in Him today, then come forward and receive Him as your Lord and Savior at the end of this worship service.

We will sing an invitation hymn. Come forward and receive the greatest gift of all when we sing.

This is Palm Sunday, _ the day when we celebrate the arrival of our King into Jerusalem.

If you have your Bible today, turn to Matthew Chapter 21, beginning in verse 1:

Matthew 21:1-11 (NASB)

1 When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,

2 saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me.

3 “If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them."

4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

5 “SAY TO THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, 'BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU, GENTLE, AND MOUNTED ON A DONKEY, EVEN ON A COLT, THE FOAL OF A BEAST OF BURDEN.'"

6 The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them,

7 and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats.

8 Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road.

9 The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!"

10 When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?"

11 And the crowds were saying, "This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee."

Mark testifies of this event & adds some details in Mark chapter 11, _ verses 1-11.

Luke testifies of this event in Luke chapter 19, verses 28-42.

And John tells us the branches were from palm trees, _ in John chapter 12, verses 12-15 which say:

“On the next day the large crowd who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, "Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, even the King of Israel."

Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written, "FEAR NOT, DAUGHTER OF ZION; BEHOLD, YOUR KING IS COMING, SEATED ON A DONKEY'S COLT." _ (NASB)

Your Creator is Jesus.

Jesus formed you in your mother’s womb.

Jesus gave life to you.

Jesus gives you every breath you breathe.

Jesus is your rightful King.

Jesus Creator Savior King

“There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12 (NASB)

How many times will humans continue to repeat their past mistakes?

How many times will they prefer their own rules for living _ and reject the rules of their Creator?

How many times will they prefer human rulers and reject their King, their Creator, their Savior?

There is an old saying, “The only thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn anything from history.”

This morning we will see _ if you have learned anything from history.

Humans focus on what they can see.

But humans cannot see the spiritual because they are spiritually blinded.

Jesus created all things visible and invisible.

Therefore, only Jesus can heal the blind.

He can give physical sight to the physically blind and He can give Spiritual sight to those who are spiritually blinded.

When Jesus presented Himself as their King most of the Jews rejected and crucified Him.

They were looking for a human king; repeating the same mistake they had made thousands of times before.

They hated the Romans _ and yet when given the choice they chose to continue under Roman rule.

They wanted a physical temporary savior.

God the Father sent them an eternal Savior, who is Spirit who became a physical human to pay the price for their sins.

Jesus is your righteous, rightful King.

Will you choose today to continue to worship your own self as your own king.

Or will you surrender to your rightful King?

If you are the king of your own life, then your king is temporary and bound to die.

Will you choose to believe that Jesus is your Savior today and receive Him as your King?

9 There it was—the true Light [was then] coming into the world [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] _ that illumines every person.

10 He came into the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him _ [did not know Him].

11 He came to that which belonged to Him [to His own—His domain, creation, things, world], and they who were His own did not receive Him _ and did not welcome Him.

12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name—

13 Who owe their birth neither to bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that of physical impulse] nor to the will of man [that of a natural father], but to God. _ [They are born of God!]

14 And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth. __ John 1:9-14 (AMP)

Will YOU welcome Jesus into your heart today.

He is your rightful King.

He is the only TRUE KING possible.

His Kingdom is eternal.

Where do you want to spend eternity?

New Jerusalem or the lake of fire?

Choose today.

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