Coronavirus Couldn't Stop The King! Sermon 4/5/20

Coronavirus Couldn't Stop The King!

A Sermon By: Pastor Henry T. Anderson

Windsor Avenue Bible Church, Oceanside, NY

www.windsoravenuebiblechurch.org

Zechariah 9:9 - One finger in Luke chapter 19.

9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Intro:

Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. What’s a Moveable Feast?

A Moveable Feast is a religious holiday that falls on different dates in different years.

What’s the reason why Easter and Palm Sunday change every year?

Easter is based on the Lunar Calendar. The Lunar Calendar is a calendar based on the monthly cycles of the Moon's phases. Easter is scheduled to fall on the Sunday that follows the full moon on or after March 21, which is also known as the Spring Equinox, and Palm Sunday always comes the week before Easter. Now is this based on the Julian or Gregorian calendar? Which Calendar do we live in?

Answer: We live in The Gregorian Calendar. The Gregorian Calendar is based on The Solar Calendar. The Solar Calendar is a calendar whose dates indicate the season or almost equivalently the apparent position of the Sun relative to the stars. The Gregorian calendar, widely accepted as standard in the world, is an example of a solar calendar.

The Julian calendar, proposed by Julius Caesar in 46 BC, was a reform of the old Roman calendar. It took effect on January 1, 45 BC, by edict. It was the predominant calendar in the Roman world, most of Europe, and in European settlements in the Americas, until it was refined and gradually replaced by the Gregorian calendar, ordered in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII.

Currently, the Julian calendar is 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar.

Today's Gregorian calendar uses more accurate leap year formula, making it far more accurate than the Julian. However, it is not perfect either. It is off by one day every 3236 years.

Palm Sunday Calendar:

Palm Sunday 2021: March 28, 2021 (fourth Sunday of March)

Palm Sunday 2022: April 10, 2022 (second Sunday of April)

Palm Sunday 2023: April 2, 2023 (first Sunday of April)

Palm Sunday 2024: March 24, 2024 (fourth Sunday of March)

Palm Sunday 2025: April 13, 2025 (second Sunday of April)

See, you learn something new every day!

Going back to Palm Sunday:

On Palm Sunday Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem the week before his death, burial and Resurrection.

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week or Passion Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday. In many Christian churches, Palm Sunday is marked by the distribution of Palm leaves (often tied into crosses) to the assembled worshippers.

All four Gospels all record Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and takes place in the days before the Last Supper, marking the beginning of His Passion Week.

Now why do we call today Palm Sunday?

In John’s Gospel we read in John 12:13

12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Now let’s turn to:

Luke 19:28-44

And we have a lot of Symbolism, Prophecy and Straight-Up Doctrine going on here! Let’s start reading: Jesus first instructed two of His Disciples on where to go and how to obtain the young Donkey that has never been ridden before. Look at verse 28:

28 And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.

29 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, (side note, Bethphage means: "house of figs")

30 Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.

31 And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.

When he told the disciples to get the donkey, Jesus referred to himself as “The Lord” a definite proclamation of His Divinity.

1. Jesus is called “Lord” 663 times in the N.T.

The Greek word kurios is the equivalent of the Hebrew adoni and it means: Lord!

JESUS CHRIST IS THE LORD! Amen!

1. Everything said about God in the O.T. is also said about Jesus Christ in the N.T.

God is The Lord of lords:

Psalm 136:3

3O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Revelation 19:16, Jesus is The Lord of lords:

16And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

God is The Creator

Isaiah 44:24

24Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;

Colossians 1:16, Jesus is The Creator:

16For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

God is The Only Savior

Isaiah 43:11

11I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

2 Timothy 1:10, Jesus is The Saviour!

10But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

God is The Alpha and Omega-The First and Last!

Isaiah 44:6

6Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

Revelation 1:8-11

8I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

2. The O.T. Prophets foretold that the Messiah would be God.

Isaiah 9:6

6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 7:14

14Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Matthew 1:23 N.T Fulfilment

23Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Jeremiah 23:5-6

5Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

6In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Hebrews 1:8

8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

3. The N.T. writers said Jesus Christ is God.

John 1:1

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Acts 20:28

28Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Hebrews 1:8

8But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

1 Timothy 3:16

16And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Titus 2:13

13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

1 John 5:20

20And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

5. Other In The Bible Who Said That Jesus Christ Is God:

-David called Him God (Matthew 22:43-45).

-Isaiah called Him God (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6).

-Jeremiah called Him God (Jeremiah 23:5-6).

-Matthew called Him God (Matthew 1:23).

-Christ called Himself God (John 5:17-18; 8:58-59; 10:30-33; Revelation 1:8).

-The angels called Him God (Luke 2:11).

-Elizabeth called Him God (Luke 1:42-43).

-John called Him God (John 1:1; 1 John 3:16; 5:20).

-The blind man called Him God (John 9:35-38).

-Thomas called Him God (John 20:28).

-Peter called Him God (Acts 10:34-36).

-Paul called Him God (Acts 20:28; Philippians 2:5-6; 1Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:13).

-God the Father called Him God (Hebrews 1:8-9).

You know what Church? Jesus is The Righteous God! Jesus is The Lord!

Going back to Luke 19

31 And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.

32 And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.

33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?

34 And they said, The Lord hath need of him. (Me as Lord illustration)

In verse 35 Jesus starts His Triumphal entry into Jerusalem:

35 And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.

The symbolism of the Donkey refers to the Eastern tradition that the Donkey is an animal of peace, versus the horse, which is the animal of war. A king would ride upon a horse when he was bent on war and rode upon a donkey when he wanted to point out he was coming in peace. Jesus' entry to Jerusalem would thus symbolize his entry as the Prince of Peace, not as a war-waging king.

Jesus’ purpose in riding into Jerusalem was to make public His claim to be their Messiah and King of Israel in fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. Matthew tells us that the King coming on the donkey was an exact fulfillment of:

Zechariah 9:9 which says:

9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Verse 36 says:

36 And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.

Spreading one’s Clothes in the path of another is a Middle Eastern Jewish Custom that was commonly recognized as an act of homage to a king or other royal person.

An example of this is found in The Old Testament.

2 Kings 9:13 says:

13 Then they hasted, and took every man his garment, and put it under him on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets, saying, Jehu is king.

King Jesus is entering Jerusalem and the people are putting their clothes and Palm Branches in His path.

The Palm branch was a symbol of triumph and victory in the Greco-Roman culture of