Today we consider Mark 11:1-11, Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. In this passage, Jesus clearly acts out his role as king. So we need to ask ourselves why does God ordain this? Why does God reveal Jesus to us as King? What are the parallels between Jesus and our ideas about government?
This morning I will suggest that Jesus’ kingship fulfills perfectly the four goals of government outlined in the preamble to the Constitution. Reflecting on how He does this gives us great freedom and joy…….
Jesus as our king:
- Unites us
- Punishes all wrong
- Works all things together for good
- Controls even the forces of evil
Praise God that He has promised us a new heavens and a new earth, when the kingdom of this world will become the kingdom of our God and of His Christ.
Praise God that when he creates this new heavens and new earth, removing this world that can be shaken, then there will be no more crying or sorrow or pain.
But praise Him also for his present reign:
For He delivered (past tense!) us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son (Colossians 1:13)
He . . . is (present tense!) the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords; . . . To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen. (I Timothy 6:15-16)
So how should we then live? If nothing can harm us — we can take risks. If no one can stop us from becoming like Christ — then we can love and love and love. If God is in control, then we can give and give and give — and not worry about our next meal or our kid’s education.
John Piper puts it this way:
This is why Jesus came. This is why he was crucified. This is why he rose from the dead with all authority and promised to be with us to the end of the age — to create a people whose sins are forgiven, and whose hearts are full of the love of God, and who are so emboldened by the triumphant Christ, that they spend their lives with risk and sacrifice and love to help others know and enjoy the greatness of Christ forever and ever. Is this not what you were made for? Is there not something in your own soul that witnesses to you that this is true and worthy of full acceptance?