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Jesus comes to us, riding on a donkey

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-04-15 (월) 10:00 조회 : 40
설교일 : 2019.04.14
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : Matthew 21:1-11

April 14, 2019

 

Jesus comes to us, riding on a donkey

Matthew 21:1-11

 

Rev. Eungyong Kim’s sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

Today is the Palm Sunday of this year 2019.

 

In the 1stcentury, during Jesus’ ministry on earth, the regular population of Jerusalem in Israel was around 40 to 50,000, but at the time of Passover festival, more than 2,000,000 people converged into Jerusalem for the celebration. In today’s passage, a very large crowd welcomed Jesus by spreading cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the palm trees and spread them on the road. What an amazing sight it must have been! The crowds ahead of and behind of him shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!”. ‘Hosanna’ means “Please save us!” and their appeal for deliverance must have been heard all over Jerusalem. Why did they welcome Jesus so enthusiastically?

 

The Jews were suffering under the rule of the Roman Empire and hoping that Jesus was the Savior to deliver them from the oppression. Jesus had chased evil spirits out of stricken people and performed the miracle of ‘5 loaves and 2 fish’, so the people expected Jesus to rescue them from their hardships, sufferings and difficult problems, as well as from sicknesses. What they wanted was the deliverance from their problems.

 

But the salvation in the Bible does not mean the same thing. The salvation for us in the Bible means ‘the salvation from the sinful nature deep inside of us’. Apostle Paul said in Romans 1:28-29, “Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips.” He says that our sinfulness is rooted in our desire not to retain the knowledge of God within us and is manifested in various kinds of evil deeds of ours.

 

Nevertheless, most people say about themselves, “As I do not intentionally harm others nor disobey the law, I am doing all right.” This assessment of outer self without any deep reflection upon their inner self cannot be accurate.

 

When the Pharisees saw that Jesus was healing someone with shriveled hand, they accused Him of doing what was unlawful on the Sabbath. These Pharisees thought they were good because they observed the Sabbath, but Jesus scolded them of boasting their observance of the Sabbath and overlooking their innermost sinful nature. Then Jesus said, “If any one of you has a sheep and it is chained to a tree on the Sabbath, will you not release it and let it drink water? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep. Therefore, it is lawful to heal a man with shriveled hand on the Sabbath.” He showed them the true meaning of the Sabbath.

Therefore, the salvation that Jesus wants for us is the salvation from our sins.

 

We are not freed from the hardships and problems in our lives by becoming Christians, but we are released from the problem of the sins of greater dimensions. The usual problems in our lives are not being solved by having faith, but in reality, we are being changed, as the roots of our life have been changed. When we encounter Jesus on a personal level and experience the cross of Jesus, our salvation is accomplished.

 

< Our newly planted church in Manila didn’t have enough funds for its operation. There were not many members yet, but the operational cost was very high. When I told the church about our financial situation, all the deacons of the church held a meeting and decided to donate the necessary funds. One night in my dream, I saw Deacon Soo-Young Lee riding in a huge luxury car and he asked me to get into the car. When I said this car must be very expensive, he said it had cost W100,000,000. The dream had been so vivid that I shared it with him when he returned from his trip to Korea. Then he told me the details of his business in the Philippines. After the deacons’ decision to donate more to the church to help with the expenses, he had to empty his bank account to come up with that amount of money. He didn’t even have enough funds for his plane tickets to Korea, so he had to borrow the money from his secretary. But, when he returned to Manila, he was happily surprised with a big purchase order of the phones he was selling, and the amount of the purchase order was exactly W100,000,000.

 

The important thing was not the amount of money, but the big change that has come upon him. After experiencing such a blessing from God, he began to grow spiritually, and he prayed to God asking Him to use his business in raising up the church and subsidizing its operational expenses. Afterwards, whenever our church needed some extra funds, God provided more prosperity to his business, and with his contribution the church was able to continue its mission without difficulty. This is the story of the first Elder of the Manila Korean church. >

 

What kind of salvation is the true salvation for us?

What is God teaching us about our salvation with today’s passage? The example that God is showing today is ‘Jesus comes to us, riding on a donkey’. Why did Jesus have to ride on a donkey to come into Jerusalem, in the midst of the huge crowd’s enthusiastic cheers?

It was because God wanted to teach us about our salvation by showing Jesus riding on a donkey.

 

1.  Jesus comes as the Savior, prophesied in the Scriptures.

 

Jesus was riding on a donkey to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet. The verse 5 says, “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

 

It has been prophesied in Zechariah 9:9 that the future Savior, Lord Jesus, comes to them, riding on a donkey. “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

 

Then, why was the Savior’s coming on a donkey prophesied and why did Jesus really come into Jerusalem riding on a donkey?

 

Today’s passage tells us that Jesus was so humble that He rode on a donkey to come into Jerusalem. The Hebrew word ‘Ani’ was used here, but it was not to describe His humble disposition. ‘Ani’ also means being afflicted or suffering, just like a donkey laden with heavy loads. Like the prophesy in the Scriptures, the Savior comes to this world to bear the heavy burdens of people and to serve them and suffer for them.

 

How should the Savior Jesus look? In Isaiah, there is an accurate prophesy about what the Savior looks like. ‘He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.’ (Isaiah 53:2)

 

In short, the Savior does not have any beauty or majesty to attract us to Him and nothing in His appearance is remarkable. Additionally, He comes to us riding on a donkey, as He does not care for any cheers or praises from the crowd.

 

< I remember that a portrait of Jesus was on my wall in my childhood home. He was a handsome white guy. But in light of the description in Isaiah, Jesus could not have been so handsome. I want to show two portraits of Jesus. Which one is more like Him in your opinion? The BBC in England restored the painting on the left to make it look like real Jesus. >

 

My dear congregation, why did Jesus come to us, riding on a donkey? Why did He have to look so unimpressive on a colt? It was because He came to suffer for the salvation of us. He came riding on a donkey, because He came to bear the burden of our sins and suffer on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.

 

< I was touched by the grace when I read a book written by Rev. Joong-Pyo Lee of Han-Shin Church. In this book about his own ministry, he shared his own experience at Mt. Chiri. He saw a big tree which had been struck by a lightning and noticed that underneath the fallen tree, many small trees were growing, while underneath other big trees, no tree was growing due to the lack of sunlight. Then, that lightning-struck tree reminded Rev. Lee of Jesus and His death on the cross. Lord Jesus died on the cross and saved so many people from death by His own death. >

 

Jesus does not try to deliver us from our everyday troubles in our lives, but He wants to save us from our sins and give us the spiritual salvation by redeeming us from our sinful nature.

 

2.  Jesus is the Savior for every person

 

Why did Jesus ride on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey, to come into Jerusalem? When an adult is riding on a donkey, he may look very poor and shabby, because his feet will be dragging. Why did Jesus have to come to us in such a modest way?

 

It was because He came as the Savior, not as a conqueror. Usually the conquerors come riding on horses to rule over people. But Jesus came as a Savior, so He was riding on a humble donkey in order to meet everyone, especially because He wanted to save everyone.

 

Riding on a horse? Or on a donkey? This is an issue to decide not only for Jesus, but also for us, as this is the core problem of our faith. As Christians, we should try our best to ride on a donkey as Jesus did, but there are some who want to ride on horses. They want to be successful, to have their wishes come true, and love and recognition only for themselves, so they are just like other people in the world. Even though they have become Christians, their roots have not been changed and they still clamor for blessings only for themselves. They should meet Jesus personally and have their attitude, their way of speech and their value system changed, instead of wanting to ride on horses. 

 

< I want to share a true incident that happened to a member of Haneul Church in Hwa-Sung. An exhorter was always unhappy about not experiencing any grace in his life. He prayed to God repeatedly, “Please let me have an experience of blessings.” One day on his way home after the early morning prayer service, he felt a strong urge to use the bathroom, but he couldn’t find any so early in the morning and he was too far away from the church or his home. He just couldn’t wait any longer when he spotted an ATM booth. He went in and did his business. As a Christian, he couldn’t just leave his bowel movement behind, so he wrapped it up carefully in the newspapers found inside of the booth and carried it in his hand. After taking a few steps out of the ATM, he was attacked by someone on a motorcycle and his package was taken. The thief must have thought the package was full of cash out of the ATM. He screamed at the thief, “That’s not what you think!” 

 

At home he called his friend and shared what had happened to him earlier. His friend said, “What an amazing grace! What a blessed experience you had! Didn’t you get a big amount of cash out of ATM to pay for your son’s tuition yesterday? You could have been really in trouble, if the same thing happened to you yesterday!” Then, this exhorter realized that he had experienced the grace of God and began to change. His complaints decreased and his thanks increased. >

 

Zechariah 9:10 explains what the future Messiah will do.

“I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle-bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.”

 

The Messiah will take away the chariots and war-horses and break the battle-bow. In other words, He will disarm the forces and weapons of people. And then, He will proclaim peace to the nations, instead of war. This is similar to riding on donkeys and not riding on horses.

 

The Jews had expected the coming Messiah to be the conqueror over the Roman Empire and to reign as their king, when they were shouting “Hosanna” to Him, but they soon crucified Him on the cross. Those riding on horses do not know the meaning of peace and want to have more power in getting ahead of others in the world, just like us. But unlike us, Jesus does the opposite. The salvation of Jesus does not strengthen us in the world, nor adds to our power. Jesus wants to deliver us from arrogance, jealousy, strife, conflicts and gossiping, and provide us the true salvation by His life of humility, sufferings and death on the cross.

 

Our faith will help us experience the reversal in our lives. After meeting with Jesus, our worldly values disappear from us and then we are changed to become the people of God.

 

To accomplish this mission, Jesus couldn’t come to us riding on a horse. When we realize the reason why Jesus had to ride on a donkey, our faith will be strengthened.

 

For our salvation, Jesus was coming to suffer and die on the cross, and He had to be on a donkey. If He had come as a king on a horse, only the high and mighty would have been saved. If He had come as a highly intelligent scholar, only the wise would have been saved. But Jesus came for the common people and for the salvation of all the people.

 

The truth of Jesus is summarized in John 12:24; “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

 

Jesus came to save all the people. To carry out this mission, He came to us riding on a donkey and died on the cross.

 

What about us? Are we following the same path of truth? Aren’t we praying for a ride on a horse, or for more power or more status, instead?

 

3.  Jesus comes as the Savior for our new way of life

 

How can you tell if someone is saved or not? With the two kinds of salvation we discussed today, it is very hard to see one’s spiritual salvation, unlike the deliverance from one’s current problems. Therefore, we cannot easily tell who among us is saved.

 

In today’s passage, Jesus teaches us how to tell who is saved in verse 3. Jesus said, “If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

 

Jesus is telling us about the new way of life for the saved people. After accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior, they will do whatever the Lord asks them to do right away. Riding on a donkey, Jesus does not want to add more misery to the donkey, but to provide salvation to the donkey as its master.

 

Jesus wants to help those who are suffering or afflicted by riding on them and walking with them. Those who have had a true encounter with Jesus will confess that Jesus is their Master. That means they are no longer the master of their own lives. Their lives have changed from being the king of their own life and riding on a horse, to having Jesus as their Master and serving only His will in their lives.

 

The second thing we learn about the saved person is that ‘he will send them right away’. There must have been an owner of that donkey, but when he hears from his true master, his reaction will be to send the donkeys right away. He obeys the command of his master willingly.

 

Do you know the difference between submission and obedience? Submission is when one does what is asked of him reluctantly and obedience is when one does what is asked of him willingly with his own acknowledgement. The lives of those who have accepted Jesus will be changed from submission to obedience, after they confess Jesus is their Master. The reason people cannot obey God is because they do not confess that God is their true master. In his book on the subject of obedience, John Bevere defined that obedience is ‘going under the cover of God’.

 

Jesus is telling us that the saved people are those who confess that ‘Jesus is their Master’ and offer ‘their obedience to Jesus’. Jesus says that a true salvation is accomplished with these two changes.

 

How about you? Today we meditated upon the two kinds of changes for our salvation. As Christians, are you experiencing these changes? I hope and pray that you will be blessed with these changes in your life.


 

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