And when they drew near to Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, to the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,…
I. WHO COMES? .No temporal deliverer. A Divine King. The Son of God. God the Son. Upon the doctrine of Christ's divinity depend the truth of His teaching, the perfection of His example, and the infinite value of His sacrifice.
II. To WHOM DOES HE COME?
1. To a world needing a:Redeemer.
2. To humanity wanting a Ruler.
3. To individual souls seeking a king. To be "thy King," He must reign in thy heart, over thy thoughts and affections. The will must be surrendered to Him.
III. IN WHAT MANNER DOES HE COME?
2. Lowly. Twin graces are these. We need them. Pride was the principle of our ruin. Through pride Adam fell. Pride is a false imitation of God — the imitation of His independency; but He has said, "My glory will I not give to another." The two deepest movements of the human soul are desire and anger; meekness and lowliness are the correctives of both.
IV. How OUGHT WE TO PREPARE TO RECEIVE HIM? We must go forth to meet Him —
(1) by a holy desire and longing for His presence;
(2) by putting away our sinful habits and desires;
(3) by imitating His virtues;
(4) by obeying His laws;
(5) by praying for a loving, forgiving spirit.Blessed Jesus, reign within us; cast down every imagination and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of Thyself, and bring every thought into captivity to Thy holy will. Reign within us, till Thou hast put every enemy, every movement of our corrupt nature or the remnants of it, under Thy feet. Reign within us by Thy grace here, and so transform us that we may become like unto Thee in Thy glory hereafter!
(W. H. Hutchings, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,