Matthew 21:1-11

21 When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

Say to the daughter of Zion,
Behold your King is coming to you,
Gentle, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting,

“Hosanna to the Son of David;
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord;
Hosanna in the highest!”

10 When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

This morning we are going to be in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 21.  If you will find your place in your Bibles: Matthew, Chapter 21. We find ourselves at a climax of the story. The peak is coming. The end is drawing near.  We are going to look at the happenings of Jesus as he enters into Jerusalem.  He has made his way to Jerusalem by way of Jericho.  He has gone down by the Jordan River and then now, he is climbing up, and we see him arriving at what we have often called Palm Sunday – the Sunday before Passover.  It is certainly a holiday for the Jewish people and at that time, they would flood into Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. Up to two million or more people may be in the city at that time.  During that time, they would sacrifice about a quarter of a million or more lambs that week. The blood would run red off the temple mount, down the side of the mountain into Kidron Valley. They would slaughter so many animals that week.  You could slaughter up to one lamb for every ten people, and so they think that there would have been up to 260,000 lambs sacrificed that week. But, the most important lamb was the Lamb of  God, and he was making his way now to give the ultimate atonement for our sins.  He would have stopped along the way and raised his friend Lazarus from the dead.  And because Lazarus is alive, there is much hoopla.  There is a lot going on about that.  The chief priests and the leaders are not only making plans to kill Jesus, because of all the people who are now coming to follow Him – who is taking their power and position away.  But, they are making plans to kill Lazarus, as well – a man who has already died and been raised back to life again. But, Jesus as he makes his way to Jerusalem stops.  He stops around the Mount of Olives, and He sends his disciples over. He sends two of the men to find a colt, a young donkey, for Him to ride in on.  This would be a fulfillment of a prophecy made long ago about the coming Messiah into the kingdom.  And as he goes that way, and as they lay their clothes and the palm branches down in front of Him, as He parades in, with flocks and throngs of people around Him, crying out and singing songs of praises, crying out Hosanna! Hosanna!  What is going on is that there is a crowd of people who have been following Him.  There is a group of people that know Him all the way back from His days of Galilee in Nazareth.  There is a group of people that are from Jerusalem, and they are just in the city because of the holiday. They don’t know what is going on. And, they ask this question: “Who is this?”  They are trying to figure out what is going on and why it is all happening?  So, this morning we are going to talk about who this is that is coming in on this day. Who is it that they are making the parade for?  Who is it that they are singing the songs for? Why is the city all stirred up and why should we be all stirred up and excited about Jesus and his triumphal entry into Jerusalem?  So, let’s read the text and talk about who Jesus is and talk about the things it says about Jesus in the Bible. Here’s what it says at the beginning of Verse 1, Chapter 21:  When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying unto them: “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her.  Untie them and bring them to me; and, if anyone says something to you, you shall say ‘the Lord has need of them.’  And immediately, he will send them. Now, this took place that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying:

‘Say to the daughter of Zion,

Behold, your King, is coming to you,

Gentle and mounted on a donkey,

Even on a colt, the foal of a beast

Of burden.’

That was a scripture from the Old Testament Book of Zachariah; that was quoted in Verse 5.  And, it goes on to say in Verse 6: “The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them and brought the donkey and the colt and laid on them their garments on which he sat.” In other words, the disciples, the twelve,  would have laid their cloaks on the back of the donkey to make a saddle. And it says, “Most of the multitudes spread their garments on the road.”  So, others are laying their garments on the road. “Others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them on the road. And, the multitudes going before Him and those who followed after were crying out, saying ‘Hosanna, to the  Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!” And they were quoting there out of the Book of Psalms, and they were singing the songs out of the Book of Psalms as they paraded into the city and they were crying this out about Jesus. Verse10: And when He entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying “Who is this?” Everybody, millions of people asking the question, Who is this that everyone is making all the commotion about? And the multitudes were saying, “This is the prophet. The Prophet, Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

So this morning our sermon is about “Who is this?  Who is this one who has come marching into Jerusalem?  Who is this one who the world is turning upside down for?  Well, we will just start at the very beginning.  I will give you three thoughts about who Jesus is from this text and then we will be done.  The Bible is going to show us at the very beginning of this passage in Verse 2 and 3, that Jesus is the One, who has all right and all authority over everything, everywhere and anytime, and He demonstrates his right and authority over everything simply by saying, “Go get me a donkey. Find a foal. If anyone has a need, if anyone asks, why you are taking them, tell them that the Master has a need for them.” Look what it says it Verse 2, let’s read it again: Go unto the village opposite you.  Immediately you will find a donkey tied there.  You will find a colt with her.  Untie them.  Bring them to me.” Now, that is very specific instruction.  Obviously, He is using either a spiritual gift or His divine nature, His knowledge; He is telling them about something that they are going to find when they arrive there.  And, He is also telling them how to handle the situation.  He says if anyone says something to you, and obviously, someone is going to, you say, ‘The Lord has need of them and immediately he will send them.’ So not only does he tell them what they are going to find, He tells them that I’ve got a right to these things, and if anybody asks, you just tell them it is for Me.  And, nobody is going to have a problem with that. Jesus, who is the One, who has the right and the authority to lay claim to anything, anywhere, at any time.  He is, after all, our Creator. He is the One, who has made this world. All things came into being by Him and without Him, there was nothing made that was made.  Jesus is the creator of all things.  He is God, Himself, which means He is not one who was created.  He is the uncaused cause.  He is the One for whom there is nothing that came before Him.  He is the first of all things,  He is eternal in His nature, in his Being. He is the One that, through whose power, everything we are looking at right now, everything that exists, from the things on this planet to the things throughout this universe, all came into being:  every sun, every planet, every moon, every atom – is His.  He made it. He’s not only the Creator, but He is the redeemer that we just heard sung about. He is the one who gives His blood, sheds His blood, gives His life, to return to humanity the rightful position that we lost when Adam sinned against God. Which means that, everything that is in existence is His twice over.  He has bought it with His blood that He is going to shed on Calvary’s cross.  That is why He has arrived at the city at this particular time – to give His life away for our sin. And, in doing so, He is restoring to humanity, through Himself, everything that was lost. We lost what God had given to us to hold as a stewardship.  It was always God’s, but He placed it under the authority of man, who was under God’s authority.  When we sinned against God and turned our back on God, we lost what had been given to us.  It has been returned through Jesus.  That means that everything is His because He is God and He made it and everything is His because he has bought it again with His blood. He is our great Redeemer, and He has the right to everything.  What this means is that he has the right to you. You do not have the right to tell God, “No,” when it comes to your life. He has created you. He has bought you with his blood.  You rightfully belong to Him. We have people who will say, “This life is my life.  I am going to live my life the way I want to live it.  I am going to call the shots.  I am going to make the rules. I am going to do what I want to do.  I am going to do what makes me feel good. I am going to do what pleases me.  I am going to live for my flesh, or my pleasures or my desires.”  But that is a sinful nature, speaking through a sinful heart when you feel like that. Your Creator made you to know Him. Your Creator made you to be in relationship with Him, and the greatest joy you will have in your life is to be in that fellowship with Almighty God. He is the greatest source of joy there is. To walk away from the greatest source of joy, to try to seek your happiness, and your satisfaction and your fulfillment in something other than God is not only to miss the very purpose of God, but it is to invite disaster to come into your life as well. You are made by God to know God. You are made by God to love God, to worship God, to glorify God with your life. He owns you. But don’t see that as something bad. That is something wonderful: to have a God that you can know, that you can love, that you can serve. Your God has a right to you. So, if you are not a follower of Jesus, if you are not someone who has surrendered your life to him, someone who has submitted yourself to Him and His authority, to the very one Who has the right to you and your life, to your time, to your treasures to your talent to everything that you have; then, I want to encourage you to do that today. If you are one who has surrendered your life to Jesus, but there is something in your life that you are holding back – that you are saying, “You know I remember a time in my life when I said, God, I am a sinner, and I need Jesus to save me.”  There’s time that you come to you when you have been broken, because of your sin, and you have called out and said, “I need Jesus to save me, and I want Him to come into my heart.” And you began to walk with God.  You began to live for God, but as you did, the devil began to work in your life, and the world began to pull you away, and you started to maybe not being as surrendered as you should be. You haven’t been living for God the way you need to be. You haven’t been speaking the way you need to.  Your time hasn’t been spent the way God would spend it.  Your relationships are broken. Your fellowship with God is messed up.  I’m going to encourage you today.  You need to come back to where you have moved from.  God did not move in your relationship. You moved away from God. He’s still where He has always been. It’s time for you to return. It is time for you to re-surrender, to re-evaluate your life and say. “What is that I am holding on to, saying God, I will give you just about everything,  But this is mine. This belongs to me.” I’m going to tell you that if you will surrender that and turn it loose, you will find that anything that you will ever give away to God – whatever it is – will not only bring you joy and peace, but you will also find that anything that you will surrender to God, you can’t out-give God.  Whatever you give to God, He always gives you back better. Release what it is that you are holding on to. Surrender yourself, fully and freely to God.  Say, “God; I love you. God, I know you have the right to everything.  You have the right to a donkey.  You have the right to a foal, and You certainly have the right to me. Today, I am coming back.  I moved.  I should have never left.”  Who is this one Who has the right to everything? He is God our Creator, who has come as a man to die on a cross for our sins. But, what gives him the right over all of these things?  Well, you see it in the songs they sang.  Not only is He the one who has the right, but he is the promised king.  He is the Messiah, the One that was going to come to fulfill all the prophecies of the Old Testament, all the teaching about the coming One that was going to save and redeem us.  He is the one that fulfills every prophecy and every promise that God has ever made. We see one of those promises and we see some things about the King in Verse 5.  You see that He is called, in Verse 5, out of Zachariah, the King: Behold, Daughter of Zion, Your King is coming to you. And we see how the King comes in his first advent. The Son of God, when he arrives in Jerusalem, on this occasion, announcing himself as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the One for whom all the crowds are praising, comes in on a donkey. He comes in on a foal.  Now, you may say, “That doesn’t sound very majestic.” But, back in the day, that was a pretty big deal. King David used to ride an animal like that. King Solomon used to ride around on an animal like that. Those were kingly animals. And, to come parading into the city like a general who has just won a fantastic war – like a conquering hero – that is a pronouncement. But when you ride in on an animal like this, there is something else that is going on here. You are coming in peace. You are not on a warhorse. You are not swinging a sword as you come in. You are not coming to fight. You are not coming for a battle. Jesus, when he road into Jerusalem, came as a King coming in peace. He wasn’t looking to shed blood on this day. He wasn’t looking to pour out the wrath of God. He was looking to save sinners. Now, I want you to know, that there is coming a day when Jesus is going to return. When He comes back the second time, the One who died on the cross and rose again, Who ascended into heaven, When the trumpet sounds, the sky will split, and the Son of God is going to come out, and when comes riding out of heaven. This time, He will be on a horse. And there will be a sword involved, and there will be blood shed. This is the day of grace. This is the time of opportunity for sinners to turn to Jesus by faith.  This is the time when salvation is near. But there is coming a day when grace will run out, and judgment will take place. There will be a time when Jesus comes on that horse, but it wasn’t this day. The great King was coming, but He was coming in peace. He comes, as Verse 9 states, He comes as the Son of David.  It was prophesied long ago, that the great King David that ruled Jerusalem, that one of his line would eventually become the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Messiah would come from  King David, and you see him recognized there in Verse 9, quoting scripture from the Old Testament again.  Jesus is descended from David through both his mother and his adopted father, Joseph.  And the Bible also says of Jesus, that He is the Lord.  “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” – a recognition that He is Master, King and God.

But, I want to give you another scripture, a couple of scriptures out of the Book of Daniel, that tie in with this passage.  I am going to show why this day was the day that was foretold back in that day – five hundred years, or so, before this event occurred, it was talked about in the Old Testament.   Let’s start with Daniel, Chapter 7.  I going to remind you about some things we have seen before about King Jesus which is foretold in Daniel when it comes to the Messiah. “I kept looking until Thrones were set up.”  This is Daniel, who is receiving a vision from God in the Old Testament.

“The ancient of days took his seat.  His vestment was like white snow. The hair of his head was pure wool. His throne was a blaze of flames with wheels of burning fire. A river of fire was flowing and coming out before him.  Thousands upon a thousand” – what is a thousand times a thousand?  A million. Millions were attending him. “Myriads upon myriads were standing before him. The court sat, and the books were open.”  This is Daniel looking ahead in time, seeing what is coming. Go on to Verse 13, “I kept looking at the night visions, I saw coming, with the clouds of heaven above him, one like a Son of Man was coming.” What was Jesus’ favorite way to identify Himself? He always called Himself the Son of man. Where did he get that from?  He got that from this text. One like a son of man was coming. And he came up to the Ancient of Days. He was presented before him. And to him was given dominion, glory and the kingdom; that all nations, peoples and men of all languages might serve him,  His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away.”  Now, I’m going to show you one time when Jesus used those words, Son of Man.  We saw it in the last Chapter of the Book of Matthew.  You can look there if you want to. But Matthew, Chapter 20: “Behold, we are going to Jerusalem,” Jesus said. “The Son of Man is going to be delivered up to the chief priests and scribes.  They will condemn him to death. They will hand him over to the Gentiles.  They will mock him, scourge and crucify him, and on the third day, he will be raised up.”  Jesus told his disciples on the way to Jerusalem what will happen to himself.  Now, let us flip back to the Book of Daniel, and we will finish that out.  We saw that the Son of Man was going to come, be presented with a kingdom that will never end, Verse 27 in that same chapter says that the sovereignty, the dominion, the greatness of all kingdoms under the whole heaven is going to be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One.  So, all believers of all time, the sovereignty, the dominion, the greatness of all the kingdom – everything that was lost is now returned.  His Kingdom is going to be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions are going to serve and obey him. Now, that is Chapter 7 of the Book of Daniel. That is talking about the Messiah, the Son of Man that is going to come. But let me show you what Daniel, Chapter 9, Verse 24 says. It concerns what is known as the 70 weeks in the Book of Daniel. Seventy weeks have been decreed.  And, let me tell you what a week is. A week is a group of seven.  We often think of a week as a group of seven days. But a week can be a group of seven anything. When Abraham Lincoln said four-score and seventy years ago, our forefathers brought forth on this continent a new nation.  A score is what?  A group of 20. He is talking about 20 years. Well, a week is a group of seven. In here, it means seven years. So, seventy times seven is 490. So that is what he is talking about.  490 years. Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people, Daniel and your Holy City. Here is what is going to happen at the end of 490 years:  You are going to finish the transgression.  You are going to make an end of sin. You are going to make an atonement for iniquity. It all sounds good, right?  Because we have sin problems.  We want sin to end. We want the transgression to be taken care of. We want it all to go away. Then it says you are going to make atonement for this iniquity. The Blood is going to be shed to wash away our sin, and then, what is going to happen? You are going to bring in everlasting righteousness, forever and ever. You are going to seal up the visions in the prophecy.  You will not need any more visions and prophecy. Everything will be fulfilled.  Everything is going to be done.  You are going to anoint the most holy place, which sounds like a temple in Jerusalem – I’m not really sure. So, 490 years, something is going to happen. Then he tells them when it is going to happen.  You are to know and discern from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, until Messiah, the Prince . . . Now, let me explain this.  When Daniel is writing this, and he is being given these visions, Daniel is a slave and a captive that has been taken away to a place called Babylon. God, through Abraham, and through Isaac, through Jacob, through the twelve children of Jacob, eventually multiplied the people of Israel into millions and they inhabited a piece of land there on the Mediterranean Sea. And as long as they lived for God and served God, and God was their God- their one true God. God would protect and watch over them, but those people turned their back on God and began to serve false gods, false idols.  They began to worship gods of stone and wood and began to do seriously perverted things with their lives.  So, God said, “If that is what you want, you can have that.” And God turned his back, in a sense, and let their enemies capture them. They captured them, took them away as slaves to a place called Babylon, and that is where Daniel is now.  Daniel was a Godly man, because what happens is when judgment comes, it hits everyone, even good people.  There were not a whole lot of good people.  When the judgment came, the city was destroyed.  The people were gone.  God promised that one day, He was going to let them come back, and when they came back to Jerusalem, eventually, the temple would be rebuilt – that would be the temple Jesus would eventually come to.  The walls would be rebuilt. The gates would be restored. Everything will come back together. So Daniel is seeing that there is coming a day when there is a decree issued to rebuild Jerusalem.  We know when that happened because it is recorded in the Bible, in a book called Nehemiah. Nehemiah was a man that God raised up to go back to Jerusalem to rebuild the city. So, 490 years from the time that there is a decree issued to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, until the Messiah, the Prince.  That is Jesus. So, this is what he says.  Let us finish it out.  There is going to be seven weeks; that is forty-nine years and another sixty-two weeks.  So, about forty-nine years, they are going to spend working, rebuilding the city, getting everything back going; and, after that, another sixty-two weeks.  That is a total of 483 years, Not quite, 490 – 483 years.  He says when 483 years is up, and it is built again, the Messiah, the Prince, is going to come.  Then after the sixty-two weeks, what is going to happen to the Messiah, the Prince? He is going to be cut off. He is going to have nothing. They are going to kill him. So, here is what Daniel does. He says you have the time (and it is given in the Book of Nehemiah) when this thing is going to start. And when it starts, you can start counting down.  You know how NASA gets ready to launch a rocket ship, and they give you the countdown? Ten. Nine. Eight. Seven. Well, God gave a countdown. And He said you can start One. Two. Three. Or, you can start going backward. 490. 489. 488. 487.  For 483 years, they are counting down. Counting. Counting. Counting. You know when it ends?  It ends when Jesus comes into Jerusalem this day riding a colt. And then what is going to happen? After 483 years, the countdown, the Messiah is going to be cut off. God gave them a countdown – a very precise number. You can be looking for the Messiah.  You can be looking for Him to show up and at this time, He is going to die. God didn’t mince words.  The Messiah is going to be cut off.  He is going to have nothing. And then what is going to happen? The people of the prince who is to come, the Romans, are going to destroy the city.  That happened in A.D. 70. From A.D. 70 until 1948, the Jews were gone.  They were out of Israel. They were not there. He is going to destroy the city again and the sanctuary. Its end is going to come with a flood.  In the end, there is going to be war and desolations are determined and then, He is going to make a firm covenant with the many.  Remember when he said, “the people of the prince who is to come?” The prince who is to come is the one that we often hear called the anti-christ, but he is called the beast. He is going to come, and he is going to make a covenant with the many. For how long? One week. That is the last week, isn’t it?  And we have 483 years to stop it. There are seven years left. And we entered into what Jesus ends up calling the  Time of the Gentiles in the Book of Luke. So, the timetable, when the countdown started, when he said the 483 years, the Messiah is going to be cut off. We’ve got seven years left to go until all that stuff gets talked about until there is a righteousness forever.  Until sin is done away with. What are we looking for? We are looking for seven years more.  We are in the Times of the Gentiles, now.  The last book in your Bible is the Book of Revelations. You often hear it talked about as the seven years of tribulation. That is your seven years. That is what he is talking about. And in that last seven years, there is going to be one that is raised up.  He is going to make a covenant with the many.  He is going to be a world leader that is going to make some kind of arrangement with Israel. Now remember, Israel is out of land for all of those years, right?  A.D. 70? Well, they are back in the land now. A leader can make an arrangement, agreement, with the Nation of Israel, right now, because the Nation of Israel exists again. They had to come back for that prophecy to be fulfilled. People said it would never happen. It has happened.  It has happened in a lot of your lifetimes. That prophecy can happen now.  He is going to make a covenant with the many for how long?  One week. Seven years. Half-way in the middle of it, in the middle of the seven years – three and a half years in  – he’s going to break his covenant. The one that is going to go to Israel, possibly in our lifetime, is the beast – the anti-christ. The beast is going to raise up, make a covenant promising peace and protection and safety, and comfort.  But he is an enemy of Israel, and at three-and-a-half years in, he’s going to break it. He is going to invade.  He’s going to put a stop to the sacrifice and the grain offering, which leads us to believe that the temple that is not built right now is going to be rebuilt.  They are going to restart the sacrifices and restart the grain offerings.  They can build that temple now in about a day to three days.  It won’t take them long. They have all the materials.  They are ready to build it. The have a spot to build it on because there is this big thing in Israel right now called the Dome of the Rock.  You can look at pictures of Israel; you will see it everywhere.  The Muslims went in there, and they said that they are going to build the Dome of the Rock right over where the Temple Mount was so that they will never be able to build their temple back. And they built it on the wrong spot. And the place where the Temple Mount is supposed to go is empty now. They can’t build it now because there will be a war. But when you have a covenant, and there is a peace promise, you might get that thing built back. The sacrifices will start. Grain offerings will start. But in the end, on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed and poured out on the one who makes desolate.  Now, I’ve been through that, and I’ve given you a lot there, but here’s what I am trying to go with this.  God told you exactly what was going to happen. He told you when it was going to happen, and Jesus fulfilled everything that the Bible said was going to happen. The one that was going to come up, the Prince that was promised, the Messiah, that was going to come, Jesus, our Lord, showed up at the right time on the right day. He was there.  He was there because He was going to be cut off. He was going to die to pay for our sins. So, who is this one that we are talking about? He is the One who has the right over everything, including you. He is the promised King, including the One promised in the Book of Daniel, where God said He would come on this day and He will die on this week. Not only that, this is the last thing, and we are done. You see back in Matthew, Chapter 21, that these people are crying out over and over again, “Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna!” What does that mean? Here is what the word Hosanna means: It means “save now.” “Save us! Save us! Save us!” That is what they are crying out. They see this One coming in on the donkey, on the foal.  They are singing the songs of Zion out of the psalm book, the psalmist has written them about the Messiah that is coming to save. They see Him, and He’s coming to save. Now, they don’t have the right idea, do they? We know from looking through this book over and over again that everyone is thinking what?  Save us from the Romans! Get the Romans out.  Free our city.  Set up your Kingdom here now.  But Jesus doesn’t come on a horse. He doesn’t come with a sword.  He is not there to set up His kingdom on Earth in this life.  He is coming for the next world in the next life. He is coming for a different kingdom, not a kingdom that is made up of sinful people in sinful fashion that is going to have nothing but problems and troubles.  He is going to set up a new righteous kingdom.  He is going to put an end to it all and when He puts an end to it all, He will sit enthroned over this world and over this universe.  But, He did come to save. They just had the wrong idea about it.  And, we mess that up too, sometimes, don’t we?  Sometimes we start to think, well, I really want Jesus to save me from, and we fill in the blank. And you know what the great news is about Jesus?  He can save us from all of those things that we want Him to save us from. There are things that we have a hunger for in our life, things that we need to be saved from, for the help that we need. Jesus can provide for all of that. He can save you from a bad marriage. He can save you from poverty. He can save you from depression. He can save you from whatever you are struggling with in your life. He can provide for whatever need you have in your life.  Are you sick? Are you hurting? He can save you from that.  Do you have a bad life? He can save you from that. Do you have fear? Maybe about your children?  Maybe about where they will spend eternity and you are struggling?  And you cry out to God and say “God, I need you to help me with this?” He can save you from all of that.  But, do not ever miss the big picture. The big picture is that his primary goal, His primary mission is to always, always save sinners from their sin, to save us from a place called Hell. To save us from the separation from God. To save us from missing out on the great joy of this universe. To save us from missing out on God, Himself. Jesus restores us to our Heavenly Father. It is through Jesus that the Father was reconciling the world to Himself. We are brought to God through Jesus. That is what He is doing. That is why He shed His blood. That is why He had to go to the cross, and that is why He lives forevermore.  To bring us to God and to keep us with God, forever.  And so with Jesus, we have salvation.  Even with Jesus, with his sovereign will and his sovereign plan, decides not to answer some of your prayers, the one prayer I know He always answers. He always answers this. Jesus, would you save me? Jesus, will you take me? Jesus, will you have me? Jesus, I want to know God.  Jesus, I want you to wash my sin away. Jesus, I want to know you. I want to serve you. I want to live for you. If that is the cry from your heart, I know Jesus will save you from that. And friends, if you have another need in your life, I’m going to tell you that He is the only One, with all certainty, I know who help you with that need. He is the One I know that can meet that need. Whatever it is that you are struggling with, He’s our Savior. He can help you. And whatever He allows and brings your way, whatever comes in your life, I know He can help you with it. So, maybe that thing is in your life just for you to have an opportunity to come closer to Him, to seek Him – to seek His salvation, even in those things we have talked about. What is it you are struggling with? What is it your needs are?  Where do you need God to help you – to save you from today?  Why don’t you come around the altar and pray and cry out to Him and say God, I need you in my life.  I know You.  You are my Savior, as my sovereign Lord, my Master, my King.  You are the son of David, the Promised One.  You are the One we have been looking for all the way from Daniel. And I know you God, but I have a need.  And, I really need your help. Why don’t you come for that today? If you don’t know Jesus, why don’t you surrender your life to him this morning? I will help you.  Why don’t you come this morning, take my hand and say “Pastor,  I want to be saved. Would you help me to pray?  Would you help me to know God?”  Let us bow our heads right now. Father, in the name of Jesus, as we thought this morning about Jesus, and how He has a right to everything and everyone, as we thought about how he is the promised King who has fulfilled every scripture, that he is the one we have been looking for so long, and that, ultimately, we know that He is the only One who can save.  God, we thank you this morning from the depths of our hearts for Jesus, our King. In Jesus, we pray You manifest Your power and your presence in our midst this morning. Through the Holy Spirit of God, would you draw people to yourself? Would you help our hearts turn toward you? God, let us be mindful that You are in our midst. And, God as we cry out to you for the help for our needs, I pray you will heed them according to your riches and glory.  Thank you for all you do for us our Lord, Jesus. Amen.