Watch as Ray David unpacks Matthew 21:1-11 and points us to the Humble King.
The Humble King
Palm Sunday is the moment in Matthew’s Gospel where Jesus fully comes out and reveals Himself for who He is truly is.
“Who is Jesus? He is God’s Forever King. The Humble King. “
The pathway to true greatness in the kingdom of God is not grasping for power and claiming to be more than we truly are, but it is being like Jesus – who humbled Himself.
God’s rule and reign is not by the sword, but by the towel. The way of the Lord is not found in grasping for power, but instead, it is found in laying down our lives in service for one another. The King of the Universe rode into Jerusalem not on a white horse, but on a lowly donkey.
“Jesus is more than just our example – He is our substitute.”
Rescued From God’s Judgment
We are the ones that are worthy of God’s judgment. Jesus takes our judgment in His own body on the cross for us. The judgement for all of your sin was meted out Jesus on the cross, and the good news of the Gospel is that it would be unjust for God to judge the same sin twice.
In rescuing us from God’s judgment, Jesus also sets us free from the burden of judging others. There is only one category of human person – all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
God’s Better Salvation
We don’t always get the saviour that we want, but we get the Saviour that we need. When we look for a Savior in our own lives, we looked to be saved from our difficult circumstances, but in Jesus what we get is a Savior who rescues us from our greatest foes – sin and death. The salvation that God brings doesn’t always look the way we would choose, but it is always better than what we would have engineered. God saves us in the ways we would want to be saved if we knew what He knew.
God has saved you in Jesus on the cross; He’s rescued you from the judgment of God, and He will save you on the last day.
“Your sin and death are no longer the final word for you.”