Green Valley Sermons

Behold, your Salvation Comes!

Sunday, March 20, 2016         

Isaiah 62

Zechariah 9:9

Matthew 21:1-17

1 For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not keep quiet, until her righteousness goes forth like brightness, and her salvation like a torch that is burning.

2 And the nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; and you will be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will designate.

3 You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

4 It will no longer be said to you, "Forsaken," nor to your land will it any longer be said, "Desolate"; but you will be called, "My delight is in her," and your land, "Married"; for the Lord delights in you, And to Him your land will be married.

5 For as a young man marries a virgin, so your sons will marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you.

6 On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; all day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves;

7 And give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

8 The Lord has sworn by His right hand and by His strong arm, "I will never again give your grain as food for your enemies; nor will foreigners drink your new wine, for which you have labored."

9 But those who garner it will eat it, and praise the Lord; and those who gather it will drink it in the courts of My sanctuary.

10 Go through, go through the gates; clear the way for the people; build up, build up the highway; remove the stones, lift up a standard over the peoples.

11 Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth, say to the daughter of Zion, "Lo, your salvation comes; behold His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him."

12 And they will call them, "The holy people, the redeemed of the Lord"; and you will be called, "Sought out, a city not forsaken." NASB

Hear the Word of the Lord: The Lord delights in You! God will rejoice over you!

Behold your salvation comes. His reward is with Him. We will be called the holy people, the redeemed of the Lord. We will be called Sought out, a city not forsaken.

Zech 9:10

9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. NASB

Jesus, the Messiah, rode into Jerusalem to fulfill this prophecy. He proclaimed Himself to be our king, our Lord, Our God. He, whose name means “Jehovah Saves” comes into our hearts today to proclaim to us that we are greatly favored by the Lord.

We are the redeemed of the Lord.

Does that not make you want to shout for joy?

Do you know that joy of the Lord? Have you heard the message that God loves you so much that He was willing to become human in order to die. He stepped down from His throne to take upon Himself the sin of His people and bear it upon Himself. HE was willing to go into the city where they were waiting to crucify Him and beat Him and say all manner of lies about Him. He took our place in death.

Does that not give you reason to shout for joy?

The day of God's judgment is near us. We will be called to stand before our Master and give an account of ourselves. He will ask us what we did with His Son. Did we believe that God loved us and that Jesus died for our sin? Did we believe it enough to fall down before Him and give Him honor and praise and give ourselves to Him as living sacrifices?

Jesus called his disciples to simply follow Him. We, you and I, are called to follow Jesus and to live as He lived. We are called to give our lives to bring glory and honor to the God who created us. We are called to love God. We are called to walk in the Spirit and to crucify the flesh. We are called to love our enemies and to forgive when we are abused as Our Lord was abused.

Luke had a unique perspective. He had carefully studied and searched out sources to be able to tell the truth about Jesus. Luke was a student of the Apostle Paul. He was most likely not in Jerusalem when Jesus walked among men. He was not there, but he heard the testimonies of those who were.

In Luke 9:51-53 he says of Jesus, “it came about, when the days were approaching for His ascension (or His taking up), that He resolutely set His face to go to Jerusalem.”

In 13:22 Luke says, “He was passing through from one city and village to another, teaching, and proceeding on His way to Jerusalem.”

In 17:11, “it came about while He was on the way to Jerusalem...”

18:31, “And He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things which are written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be delivered to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and mistreated and spit upon, and after they have scourged Him, they will kill Him; and the third day He will rise again.” And they understood none of these things...”

Jesus knew! He understood what He must do to save mankind. He resolutely set His face to go through what He and the Father had decided back before they created mankind. He had always known the price our sin would inevitably cost Him. He faced it resolutely. The eye witnesses that Luke talked to could see, now that it was over, that Jesus faced Jerusalem and all that it meant for Him with determination.

He acted out of love for us. This is what He was thinking as He was riding into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey. He had given the prophecies to the prophets that told of His coming and His suffering and His death. He faced this with sorrow mingled with joy. He did these things for you and I out of love for us.

What will we do out of love for Him? Will we read our Bible to get closer to Him? Will we attend Bible studies and learn about His love and His will for us? Will we give to support our church family as we work together to share the Good News of God's Love for us? Will we teach our children about God and His love? Will we share His love with our neighbors?

Will we be true to our commitments and love our wives as Christ loved the church?

What did Palm Sunday and the Triumphal Entry mean for Jesus? He knew what He had been sent to do and He would face it with joy and sorrow. He loved us enough to do that for us.

What does Palm Sunday and the Triumphal entry mean for us?

Zech 9:10

9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. NASB

What does Palm Sunday mean to me? It reminds me of Jesus, coming into the city, streets lined with people cheering for Him, recognizing His right to reign as their King. But He resolutely faced the cross and the crowds who, a few days later, would jeer and boo, and forsake their king. He knew what was coming and because of His great love for me, he faced it, unflinching, and took my crimes upon Himself. I owe a debt I could not pay. He paid the debt He did not owe.

One day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is the Lord of lords and King of kings. Until that day, we must resolutely look to what ever God has for us in our future. We do not know what we will have to go through as we cling to the truth that God loves us and we will not deny Him His due. We will rejoice because we know that the new Jerusalem is out there in our future.

Our Lord purchased for us the right to call ourselves the redeemed of the Lord, the city not forsaken. Our Savior has come. He will come again.

9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation!

When He comes again, He will not be riding upon a lowly donkey. He will be reigning as king, riding a great white horse. He will gather home His faithful followers to reign with Him in the New Jerusalem forevermore.

If you want to be part of God's kingdom, you only need to ask. The invitation to join God as part of His family is open to anyone who will put their faith in Him. Come and bow before Him and ask Him to send His Holy Spirit to save you and lead you, to empower you to live with Jesus as Lord of your life.

People of God, Rejoice, Our King is coming! Behold, Our Salvation Comes!