When we look at the magnitude of the COVID-19, and the suffering, panic, in-fighting, and lack of supplies, and not to mention the lack of solution, do we really think is Jesus relevant? Can He help us?
Well, the answer to that question begins with:
Do you believe Jesus is real?
And if you believe that He is, then do you believe He was just a historical figure, or:
Do you believe Jesus is the Son of God?
And if the Son of God:
Do you believe He can do anything?
And if you do, was it just for the time He walked the earth, or do you believe what the Bible teaches?
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
Let’s start with “yesterday”, the Sunday before the Sunday He rose from the dead, which we will celebrate next Sunday. Let’s see what the situation was then, and what Jesus did about it. I believe this will help us see that He can help us now.
“Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, ‘Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, “The Lord has need of them,” and immediately he will send them.’”
4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:
5 “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”
6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!”
10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” 11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
- The Romans had occupied Judea, the region Jerusalem was located, where Jesus lived.
- There was widespread corruption in the government, the business sector, and in the religious institution.
- The Jews needed a deliverer and were waiting for their Savior to come, their Messiah.
Three Reasons Jesus Can Bring Hope into Any Situation:
Jesus is Sovereign
Sovereign = a person who has supreme power or authority, i.e. a king or queen
Jesus has supreme power and authority over life itself. We will see this next week in the resurrection.
He is sovereign over time (Before Abe was “I Am”), nature (walking on water), and people (slipped through)
He is in complete control of His destiny and the orchestration of everything that is going to happen in the next few days leading up to His resurrection.
Jesus sees the end from the beginning.
Not only in His life, but in yours.
This passage is coined, The Triumphal Entry. It didn’t look triumphant, and certainly not on that Friday when He was crucified, but it was a set-up.
Many times it may look like God is not working, but He is. He always has a plan and He’s always working His plan.
And many times His plan is not your plan, but if you will trust Him, you will see that He has your best interest in mind, and that He knows best. This is where humility, submission, patience, and trust come in.
That is why the smartest thing you could ever do is to yield your life to Him.
I don’t have a 5-year plan, unless He gives me one. But I have a one-day plan – take up your cross and follow Me.
Jesus is a Servant-King
Here is a king who is a servant. No one has ever heard of this. He is the king of heaven and earth, and yet He humbles Himself and serves us. Even to the point of death.
Lowly: a humility that is considering, unassuming, gentle, mild, meek (Not weak, but meek – power under control)
The Jews were expecting a military leader who was mighty and with an unstoppable army. Not a rabbi on a donkey! (He will be the Conquering King at His second coming, but at His first coming He had to submit Himself to the governing authorities to pay for our ransom)
Jesus is completely others-centered.
“Jesus, knowing their thoughts, called them to his side and said, ‘Kings and those with great authority in this world rule oppressively over their subjects, like tyrants. But this is not your calling. You will lead by a completely different model. The greatest one among you will live as the one who is called to serve others, because the greatest honor and authority is reserved for the one with the heart of a servant. For even the Son of Man did not come expecting to be served by everyone, but to serve everyone, and to give his life in exchange for the salvation of many.’” Matthew 20:25-28
Now to some, this is a fairy-tale. But what if it’s true? What if He really is Who He says He is and this is how He rules? Wouldn’t you want to be under His rulership?
Lowly = Jesus understands our situation / your situation, and He is sensitive to it. He is “easily touched”. He is gentle, merciful, longsuffering, and kind. The Bible says that Jesus is so gentle that He would not break a bruised reed, or quench a smoldering candle.
Maybe you feel like one of those. Jesus is safe.
Jesus is approachable. This is what made the religious leaders so furious at him – sinners were comfortable in His Presence because of His love and acceptance. He didn’t accept their sin, but He accepted them.
Truth be told, He was the only one who could do anything about their sin, and ours, which is why they needed to get close to Him. (Think Zacchaeus!)
Jesus is the Savior
PROPHECY: Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey is the fulfillment of a 400 year old prophecy!
Math and the Rule of Probability is on the side of Jesus being the Messiah: There are hundreds of prophecies of the Messiah. Jesus fulfilled them all.
10 of them:
- Born in Bethlehem 2. Born of a virgin 3. Entry into Jerusalem on donkey 4. Betrayed by a friend 5. Sold for 30 pieces of silver 6. Clothes gambled for at crucifixion 7. Death by crucifixion 8. Pierced in His side by sword 9. Buried with Rich and poor 10. Resurrection
That is 1 in 16,425 with 47 zeros
Or in scientific notation: 1, 16, 425 x 1047
Illustration: Bury silver dollars two feet deep across the state of Texas. Mark one of them. Blindfold someone and ask them to find it.
The people shouting “Hosanna” was their coronation of Him. They recognized He was the Messiah, the Savior of the world.
They cried out to Him “Save Now!”
That is exactly what we/you need to cry out right now.
Jesus saved them then. He can save us now.
:10 Who is this? That is the question you need to ask and answer.
Who is Jesus? What did they say? Jesus, the prophet.
Some said, Jesus, the son of Joseph, whom we know.
Who do you say Jesus is? The answer to that question will not only effect your immediate life, but your eternal destiny as well.
1 John 5:11“And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life. I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.”
If you say He is just a prophet then He is dead and gone and is of no good to you other than a few teachings you can try to follow.
But if you say, like they did, that He is the Savior of the world, then you have hope, not only for eternity, but for now.
Jesus can handle your situation. He is sovereign, He is the Servant-King, and He is your Savior.