Dear Children of God. Your King comes - Thy King cometh unto thee. The King of all kings, Lord of all lords comes especially to you, for you, bringing all that you need to be saved.
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: He is just, and having salvation.”
He comes with full and complete salvation. We never have to question whether we’ve done enough, or will do enough. He does it all. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.”
Believers in Christ, your King comes to you. And He comes meek and lowly. He comes riding on a donkey. Is that the kind of King we want? the kind of King the world wants? One who doesn’t come in a Macy’s parade with all the glamour and hype, and worldly honor and glory – with all the treasure and pleasure that this world has to offer. He comes riding on a donkey with clothing as His saddle. The King of all kings, Lord of all lords, with all power and authority, comes riding on a donkey.
This is for your assurance –for your comfort. He shows clearly that He comes not with vengeance, not with condemnation, (for “God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”) but rather, He comes with peace and salvation – complete pardon for all our sins – complete forgiveness for your eternal soul.
He comes riding on a beast of burden, even as He Himself would carry the burden of our sins. Isaiah says He bore our griefs and carried our sorrows.
Thy King cometh unto thee. We don’t come to Him, He comes to us. Without our asking, without our strength, Jesus came to be our Savior. I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, or come to Him, but the Holy Ghost has called me by the Gospel.
This is the kind of King who comes to you. Ordinary Kings send out armies to fight on their behalf. But your king does all the fighting for you. The first Sunday in Lent we learn how He battles the devil all by Himself, facing the very temptations that we can’t handle, and overcoming them all for us. Later He battles the false teachers, the Scribes and Pharisees, and their false religion of works righteousness, all by Himself. Later He goes on trial before the Sanhedrin and Pilate. He faces the accusations and mockings that we deserved, and bears it silently, without one word of complaint, as our perfect Substitute. And finally He goes to the cross alone, to fully and completely make satisfaction for all sins. He makes peace between God and man. His resurrection proves it is so.
That’s the kind of King who comes riding into Jerusalem. And that’s the kind of King who comes to you now. A meek and lowly one.
The same way He came then, is the same way He comes now into your heart and soul. He says, “I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” His burden is light because He already carried the burden of our sin. He bore our griefs and carried our sorrows, all the way to the cross, and the grave, and buried them there, as it were.
But that just isn’t what many people want nowadays. People want to be wowed and entertained. They want a performance. Come on Jesus show us another miracle. Or, become our bread king – keep multiplying those loaves. Perform for us Jesus. Send someone from the dead, and then my family will believe and be saved. But that’s not how Jesus comes.
Today, He still comes riding on a donkey, that is, meek and lowly. He comes in words, bread, wine, in the Lords’s Supper, and in water in Baptism. Yet it isn’t just water, it is water comprehended in and connected to God’s Word. It isn’t just bread and wine, it is also the true body and blood of the Savior, given and shed for the remission of our sins. The Sacraments don’t look like much, how very average looking, how lowly - yet through them He attaches His promises of eternal life and forgiveness.
And the world says, “come on, we gotta have something more than that. We gotta be entertained, and wowed with earthly things, or at least have a rock band in church. God should come to me with everything I want, and satisfy my every desire.”
But behold, Thy king cometh unto thee meek and lowly. By His grace, He sends us what we need. With Words of comfort He assures us all is complete for our salvation. Only believe, and thou shalt be saved.
And so He came, and still comes, meek, so that there is hope even for the greatest of sinners.
Our King comes to set us free from the power of sin. If anyone feels that there is no way out of their troubles, or their sins, Jesus says there is a way, He says, “I am the way.” “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” And He draws us to Him by that same Word of comfort. He came to bind the brokenhearted and to preach deliverance to those who feel trapped and troubled by their sins.
No matter how great our sins have been, Christ came, not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. He raises us to new life, right here and now, by His Word, by His Sacraments. He gives us new hope, new strength, new life, by the forgiveness of our sins. He says, come to Me, believe in Me, and you will find rest unto your soul.
Christ keeps knocking on the door of our heart. He keeps calling us by the humble Gospel. He keeps coming to us on that donkey, in the lowly means of Grace, freely offering complete freedom from the power of sin. “If the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
Let us not be offended at His meekness, but welcome Him, receive Him, believe in Him, as His Spirit works in us through His humble means of grace.
By His Word and Spirit, we have received this lowly king into our hearts. And He will continue to come to us, and make His home in us. “know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”
He will never leave us. He will never forsake us. We have His Word and Sacraments, His lowly means of Grace, that continue to assure us and keep us in that one true and saving faith.
Behold, thy King cometh unto Thee, meek, lowly, just and having salvation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.