And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.…
I. OUR KING IN HUMILITY.
1. Jesus is our King.
(1) The prophecies announce Him as such. (Isaiah 9:6; Zechariah 9:9.)
(2) He avowed Himself a King. (Matthew 11:27; John 18:37.)
(3) He proved by the power of His will that He was a King. (Matthew 21:3.)
2. Jesus is our humble King.
(1) He refused royal honours. (John 6:15.)
(2) In opposition to the presumption of the Jews, He would never act nor appear as King. (John 18:36.)
(3) He debased Himself in all humility.
3. Follow Him in His humility.
(1) By contrition and a sincere confession of your sins.
(2) By resignation in adversities.
(3) By humility in earthly happiness.
II. OUR MEEK KING. This may be seen —
1. From the purpose of His coming — of His Incarnation. He comes as a Friend and Saviour; and wants to be loved, not feared.
2. From His earthly life.
(1) He was full of love and mercy towards the suffering, whom He invited to come to Him.
(2) He was full of mercy and tenderness towards sinners and His own enemies.
3. From the experience of your own life. Jesus came to you as a meek King —
(1) In your afflictions, to console you.
(2) In your sins, which He bore in patience.
(3) In your conversion, the work of His mercy. Strip yourself of the old man with his deeds, as the Jews stripped themselves of their garments, and let Jesus walk over your former self.
4. Learn of your King to be meek of heart also. (Matthew 11:29.)
(1) As a superior towards your subjects.
(2) Towards sinners and your enemies.
(3) In tribulations and afflictions.
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