JESUS’ HUMBLE KINGSHIP
Mark 11:1-11 Key Verse: 11:10
“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Through last week’s passage, we learned why Jesus came to this world. Even the Son of God did not come to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many. This is God’s calling for all Christians to follow the servantship of Jesus Christ, especially those who desire to be great in the sight of God. While on earth we want many things, often tangible things, and whine when God does not give. May God help us to know what we need in order to open our spiritual blindness and ask his mercy, so that we may be healed and blessed abundantly. May God bless each one of us to be great men and women in the sight of God as we serve each other with Jesus humility and love! Amen!
As I meditated on this passage, I thought about two things. First, what can I do or how can I serve our members and fill their needs. This made me to pray deeper for each one of our growing leaders for not only tangible but intangible needs, prayer topics. When I prayed for each one of them, it was easier to find what tangible thing(s) they need but intangible. I prayed and God could show me with an inspiration in some cases, yet I felt imperfect because I do not know what each one of you have in your heart. Finally, I came to a conclusion that it is the best to hear from you, so that I can pray with a prayer topic with deeper understanding. May God bless each one of us to know what we really need and experience God’s blessings abundantly! Amen!
Secondly, what tangible and intangible thing(s) do I need? Tangible: I pray to raise 12 disciples of Jesus. How did Jesus raise the 12 disciples? He endured their immaturity and taught them the word of God with love and patience, showing his example. When the Holy Spirit came upon them, they were filled with the power of God and served the work of God.
That is what I need; with love and patience, teaching and living based on life-giving word of God. Most of all, Dupage ministry need the power of the Holy Spirit in each one of growing disciples. That means I need to be anointed with the Holy Spirit first through repentance and prayer. May God help me to repent before the word of God and pray everyday so that I may be filled with the Holy Spirit and raise the disciples of Jesus for Jesus’ name and his kingdom. Amen!
I pray to have more time in doing the work of God, reducing my work hour or move to Academia, which I assume that I will have more time. In order to do so, I need to apply a job first. I need God’s wisdom and prayer. May God help me to apply a teaching position at COD with God’s wisdom. May God open the door if that is God’s will.
Today’s passage teaches us the lordship of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Lord of our possessions, so he can take whatever and whenever he needs it. Moreover, he is the Lord of God’s kingdom on earth and in heaven, which means he is the Lord of our body and soul, worthy of our worship. All our praise, glory and honor belong to him for he is the King of kings and Lord of lords, the creator of heaven and earth! When we welcome him in our hearts and lives, he rules us with full of grace and truth, love and righteousness. May God bless each one of us to welcome Jesus as our king, who will cleanse, protect and provide. Amen!
I.The Lord needs it (1-6).
Look at verses 1, “As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples.” Bethphage and Bethany are located about 2 miles southeast of Jerusalem, to where Jesus and the disciples were coming closer. Jesus knew that suffering and death were coming soon and had tried to teach it to his disciples who would not listen. At the same time, Jesus had to teach his disciples who he truly is.
Look at verse 2-3. “…. saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’” Jesus was basically saying, “Go and find someone else’s colt, then bring it here. It is almost stealing, like taking unknown person’s car parked in downtown Chicago and driving it to DuPage for Jesus or in order to serve someone in the name of Jesus. Can anyone do so if Jesus came to you in your dream and told you to do so? You may think that it could be easier for the two disciples if Jesus asked them to bring their own colt for Jesus or give them money to rent one. Rightfully so, but Jesus did not do that. Jesus asked them to do something with any provision. It is like asking you to make someone else to offer his or her car because he needs it.
Why did Jesus ask his disciples to do such a thing? It seems unreasonable and incomprehensible; why unknown person’s colt? Jesus asked his disciples to do so because they need to overcome human way of thinking. The disciples need to learn to do God’s work beyond human limitations. The work of God does not stay in human level. If so, that may be not the work of God and we do not need the help of God, so no need of prayer. Even if it is done, can we truly give glory to God when we think that any human being can do? Why did God lead the people of Israel to the Red Sea? God wanted the people of Israel to experience the glorious power of God beyond their human understanding. Why did God wait until Abraham was 99 years old and say that you will have a son? God wanted Abraham to believe when it was impossible humanly. In case, if you are in a situation beyond your limitation, could that situation be an opportunity to experience the glorious power of Jesus beyond human limitation? Maybe Jesus is asking you to do something humanly impossible, and thus experience his glorious power in your life.
When people are in an impossible situation, however, there are two kinds of reactions. Most people say that we cannot do it because it is impossible. Even Abraham, a man of faith, said the same thing, “I am too old. Look at my wife, God. How can a grandma have a baby? I wish you came 10 years earlier!”
What was the disciples’ reaction? Look at verse, 4-6, “They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5 some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6 They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go.” The two disciples went to the downtown of Bethany and found a colt, a young donkey or horse without anything on the top of its’ back, proving that no one has ever ridden, probably less than a year old. Maybe someone brought it to sell it. Many things could come into the mind of the disciples; should we ask someone whose colt that is first. Then, they should have requested the owner’s permission first, explaining that Jesus told them to bring it for him. Other questions may follow. If the owner asks who Jesus is and why is he asking for the colt? How should they explain? Should they say, “Don’t you know who Jesus is? How could you? Haven’t you heard about him? Everyone believes that he is the Messiah, man! Don’t you get it?” Instead of reasoning this and that, what did they do?
They simply obeyed Jesus’ command even though it was beyond their common sense. They did exactly what Jesus told them to do so. When they found the colt, they approached to it and started untying. Unexpectedly, there were not only the owner of the colt but others standing nearby. The owner and others were probably shocked that two strangers came and were taking his colt without asking like thieves. They stopped the disciples and said, “What are you doing? Why are you untying the colt?” What did the disciples say? Many things could go through their mind, but they simply answered, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.” To their surprise, the owner and his friends answered exactly what Jesus told them to, maybe the owner said, “That is great! Please, take it to the Lord and say for me, “Thank you, Jesus, for using my colt.”
Let’s think about the disciples who were coming with the colt miraculously. Probably, they were scratching their head, saying, “Wow! How could this happen? Things happened exactly what Jesus said.” When the disciples simply obeyed Jesus’ command, they could experience the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Through this experience, Jesus was teaching who he truly is. He is the Lord of all things. Colossians 3:16 says, “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” All things are created through Jesus and for him. This means that Jesus is the Lord of our lives. He created everything for his glory and we are steward of things given to us. When he wants, saying, “The Lord needs it,” we should be ready to give so that he can use it for his glory. The more we are free from the things of the world, the freer we become from the worries of this world.
When we insist the ownership of our possessions, what can happen? What happened to others? There was one person who tried not to listen to God. When God told him to go to Nineveh, he would not go and tried to hide at the bottom of a ship. Then, the ship got into a storm, and he was chosen by a lot to be thrown into a sea. God sent a whale to swallow him and vomited him on the shore of the Nineveh, where God told him to go. Therefore, I recommend to obey Jesus unless you would like to stay in a whale’s stomach in the darkness until you obey his calling.
There are too many examples of people who simply obeyed the command of Jesus and experienced the power of God. In the last passage, the disciples boasted that they left everything in order to follow Jesus, Jesus promised a great reward on earth and in heaven. Yet, that was not enough. Now Jesus is teaching his disciples even harder one. They need faith not only to offer theirs but to help others to offer for Jesus and his kingdom! Could we take someone else’s possession for Jesus if he needs it? This is the reason why I am calling each one of you to give your time for this coming Easter Bible school by faith. The Lord needs your hearts, time, talent and even possessions for his kingdom. May God bless each one of us we offer ourselves for Jesus and his kingdom in this Easter season. Amen!
- Jesus, the Humble King and Savior (7-11).
When the two disciples do as they brought the colt to Jesus? Look at verse 7, “When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.” The disciples realized that Jesus is the Lord and the Promised Messiah. The other disciples were amazed as they heard the testimony the two disciples. They realized that Jesus was going to ride on it and spread their cloaks for Jesus. All people saw Jesus who was riding a colt. Please, imagine an adult riding a colt. A colt was too small for an adult to ride. In fact, no one has ridden. What was the reaction of the people toward Jesus who was riding a colt? Did the people laugh at Jesus? No, rather they accepted Jesus as their king. Look at verses 8, “Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields.” People welcomed Jesus as their king, however, Jesus did not come like a worldly king. Worldly kings enter their city with pompous parade. Usually a forerunner prepares a way with a red carpet, shouting, “Make a way! Make a way for king is coming!” With trumpet sound, a king enters a city, riding a white charger with four black stallions in order to show off his power and authority. Then, people should shout, “Long live the king!” spreading their palm branches. If anyone disturbs the procession, king’s personal guards can kill no matter who the person may be. But Jesus was different. He entered Jerusalem, humbly riding a colt in order to fulfill God’s prophecy for the Messiah. Jesus’ humility and obedience moved the hearts of the people. Many of them spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. This was commoners’ custom welcoming their king after a victory. They were spreading their cloak, as the expression of their loyalty, honor and surrender to their king who is humble and obedient. They were welcoming the humble king Jesus from their hearts.
Jesus is our humble king as well. He enters into the hearts of the people who welcome him and rule them with humility and love. Amen! May humble king Jesus come in the hearts of each one of us.
Look at verse 9-10, “Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, ‘Hosanna!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!’ ‘Hosanna in the highest!’” What the people were saying was based on the prophecy made in the Old Testament, Psalm 118, which is written for the event for the Savior to come and rescue the people of Israel. Hosanna mean, “Save, I pray or savior, save us!” They accepted Jesus as their king God promised to send in the line of David. In fact, they were waiting for the Savior to come and save them from the oppression of Rome. They welcomed the Savior king, Jesus, to come and rule them with love and peace. They welcomed the Savior with all their hearts. How happy it was to see the savior with their own eyes!
Likewise, people are waiting for the savior to come and save them from their misery. Here is evidence. People have loved one old fairy tales, such as Snow White or Sleeping Beauty, for a longtime. The princess ate an apple or pricked and thus poisoned by a witch. She was spelled which made her to sleep forever or locked in bondage under the power of evil. There is one way for her to be saved; a prince who can destroy the dragon and kiss her. Then, she will wake up, marry the prince and live happily ever after. Logically speaking, the story does not make much sense. But we love this story for it is the story for everyone who are waiting for the savior. The princess resembles all human beings who were tricked by the Satan and poisoned forever. Since then, we are living under the power of sin and death, yearning for the savior to come and save us.
Some claimed that they can save us and we gave our hearts, but they did not save us, rather, made us more miserable, just like the story of Samaritan woman in John 4. She gave her heart to this boy and that man, but they all broke her heart until she felt used up. Her life was totally racked. But she was also waiting for the Messiah to come and explain whom she should worship. She was waiting for the Messiah to whom she could devote her heart and life. She could not find anyone on earth until she met Jesus Christ. When she welcomed Jesus as her king and savior, she knew that Jesus understood all her sorrow and true spiritual desire to worship. She realized that Jesus not only understood her but also all her sins were forgiven. Out of her joy of meeting the savior, she could not just sit down but went out to the people and testify, saying, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah, savior!” Likewise, no human being will find true rest until we welcome Jesus as our King and Savior.
Are you still searching for your true object of worship? There is none, no one and nothing, on earth. Who can truly understand us and save us from the bondage of sin and Satan? Jesus is our King worthy of our worship. He is our Savior worthy of our love. Jesus is the true object of worship. He deserve our glory and honor and praise! When we devote our hearts to him, he rules us with love and humility. He displayed his power and glory in love and grace on the cross.
Let us welcome Jesus and shout, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of Lord!” “Jesus, come and save us from our sins and misery. Be our king! May Jesus be the king of my life and our ministry! You are the Lord of my life, and I am just a steward. We worship and praise you, Jesus! Help us to offer ourselves by faith! Rule us with love and truth, humility and righteousness! Hosanna in the highest!” Amen!