Link to file: Bible study Notes – March 24 2013
No Ordinary King
A. There was Excitement in the Air
– Jewish people had been under some sort of oppression for about 600 of the last 700 years and thought that Jesus would end that and be their new King David
-Isaiah 9:1-7 spoke of the coming Messiah
B. This Was a Royal Event!
1. Angaria –a common custom of that day- a powerful political or religious figure could borrow a donkey, horse, etc. from anyone he pleased
2. This procession looked like the processions of King Solomon and King Jehu – 1 Kings 1:32-40 and 2 Kings 9:1-13
3. verse 38 Blessed is the KING who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in the heaven and glory in the highest.
C. No Ordinary King
By the end of the procession Jesus had lots of political momentum. Everyone in the crowds wanted Jesus to be their king. However, he started to do some very ‘un-royal’ things.
1. He wept. Verse 41 “as he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it.”
2. He cleared the temple. Luke 19:45-48
3. He confronted the rel leaders. The time between the triumphant entry and the Last supper was filled with conflict between Jesus and the religious leaders. In Matthew 23 J called the religious leaders blind guides, sons of hell, and a brood of vipers. This killed Jesus’ political career. How could Jesus become king in a religious city like Jerusalem if he treated the religious leaders like this?
D. Jesus wanted a Throne in Heaven, not on Earth
1. In Luke 18:31-33 Jesus said, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. 32 He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him; 33 they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.”
2. Jesus did many ‘un-royal’ things- he wept, confronted religious leaders, washed his disciples’ feet (these men were his students!), and died on a cross for those under him
3. Because of our human nature, we usually look to those with more power, wealth, and prestige than we have and try to become more like them. Jesus looked at those with less than him and brought them- he even treated these nobodies like royalty.
Mark 10:42-45 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
4. The water basin and towel are more than just a part of a religious ritual we call foot washing- they are symbolic of how we Christians are to be humble servants in our world. We are not seeking treasures and rewards on earth, but in heaven.