I’m Not That Kind of King
You should have a Bible with you as you read this message. The scriptures given provide the context for this sermon. It will be difficult to understand without the basis of the scriptural references.
Read Mark 11:1- 10; John 18:33,;
Most of us are familiar with the story: Palm Sunday. Jesus is riding into Jerusalem triumphantly on the back of a donkey. The people are laying the palm branches is the way before him. Some are laying their coats on the ground. Jesus is coming into town. He is the King of the Jews. The Messiah! He’s riding a donkey, not a horse. A king riding a horse is prepared for battle, but a king on a donkey is coming for peace. But they miss that little detail. They are crying out “Hosanna! Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David, That cometh in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the Highest!”
For four hundred years they were slaves to Pharaoh. Then God sent a deliverer. “We’re going to the promised land!” They were looking for a land that flowed with milk and honey. It was promised to their fathers, and even through all those years- generations- of bondage they never forgot that promise. And then finally, the day came when they would leave this place of suffering for that place of promise.
They followed Moses begrudgingly. They couldn’t deny all the miracles and signs, so they knew he must be God’s chosen leader, but they didn’t like him. He didn’t look like a leader. He didn’t look like royalty. He looked like an old man who had spent 40 years on the back side of the desert tending sheep.
God knew the hearts of men. He knew they would one day desire a king. He gave to Moses instructions for Israel for the day they would choose a king: (Deuteronomy 17: 14-20) these rules, if followed, would give them a godly king who would not stray from the commands of God.
Their unbelief cost them forty years. Moses was replaced by Joshua who finally led them into the Promised Land.
Joshua died. The times of the Judges passed. Samuel had become prophet and priest. But he was old and his sons were not good people. Israel wanted a king. Not to be led by godly leaders, but so they could “be like other nations”. So God gave them a king. But He warned them what a king would be to them (1 Sam 8: 4-22).
Saul became king. He looked the part. He stood “head and shoulders above the people”. A big man. A regal looking man. He started out as a humble man but pride quickly stepped in, he started “believing his own press clippings”. He became puffed up and disobedient.
Then David was king. Such a warrior! Such a great leader! He was the strength of Israel and he was righteous (mostly). Then came Solomon. The wisest man who had ever lived, and it was evident to the world. He and his kingdom became wealthy and influential beyond anybody’s imagination. The wealth and majesty of Solomon’s kingdom was the envy of the world.
Others came and went; some righteous, most weren’t. The nation split. Now there were two kingdoms. The northern kingdom, Israel (the southern kingdom with Jerusalem was known as Judah) never had a righteous king. All were wicked.
Proverbs 29:2 says “When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice, but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” Presidents and Prime Ministers, congressmen, and ministers of Parliament, kings and potentates, governors, mayors, councilmen, nearly anyone in the world with a position of power, uses that position for one main objective: to gain more power. They want more authority, more prestige, a greater budget, more subordinates, more separation from meniality. Such are the “kings” of this world.
As Jesus rode into Jerusalem that day, fresh in his memory was the conversation with his disciples that had just occurred concerning leadership and authority. The people were shouting “Hosanna!” They were crying out the praises from Psalm 113 to 118: “Hallelujah” Your King James Bible will say “Praise ye the Lord”. “Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord”, (118:26) They had been under the thumb of the Roman Empire far too long, and here was this Jesus, full of power (the miracles), wisdom and knowledge (no one had yet been able to trip him on the knowledge of the law), and he was evidently of the seed of David. He had all the qualifications to be king. He even had a following of the masses. Perhaps he would be the one to deliver them from the iron fist of Caesar.
“But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men” John 2:24.
It was Luke who recorded that the Pharisees told Jesus to make them stop but Jesus said “If they hold their peace the very stones will cry out”. They wanted Jesus to be their king and he WAS their king, but what they didn’t understand was he wasn’t “that kind of king”.
In Exodus 12 we read of the first Passover. All Israel was commanded to bring a lamb into their home on the 10th day of the first month and then kill it on the 14th day for the Passover. On the day that Jesus rode into the city Jews had gathered in Jerusalem to acquire the lamb for the Passover coming in a few days. While they were there choosing their lambs, Jesus rode in on the donkey. They called him king. They were hoping for the Lion of the Tribe of Judah; the King of kings. That’s who he was, but they didn’t know that in that day when they were choosing a lamb, that he was also the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. He didn’t ride in to be the king. He wasn’t that kind of king. If he was he would have ridden a horse. He was the lamb for the sacrifice. He was killed so the angel of Eternal death would pass over those who had applied the blood to their hearts.
Pontious Pilate asked him a few days later, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus’ reply was “If my kingdom were of this world then would my servants fight… but …my kingdom is not from [here].” (John 18: 33, 36) He said, in so many words, “I’m not that kind of king”.
What kind of king was he, then? His disciples had been arguing over which one would be the greatest in the kingdom. He taught them that it was the gentiles that sought power and lordship, but this kingdom is different. If you want to be great in THIS kingdom you must be the servant. Don’t seek promotion, seek opportunities to bless others. “Who is more important? The one setting waiting to be served or the one serving? The one waiting to be served, right? But I am serving you.” (Luke 22: 24-27)
At the Passover supper with his disciples, (the Last Supper) John records in his Gospel that, after they had eaten, Jesus laid aside his garment and performed the most menial of tasks: he washed the dirty feet of the disciples.
In those days the roads were dirty. In dry weather they were dust. In wet weather they were mud. Their shoes were really only sandals. Feet got dirty. Wealthy people had their lowest servant wash the feet of guests. The disciples, in a borrowed room, and having no servants, according to custom, would take the basin and the pitcher of water at the door and take turns washing each other’s feet.
But none of the disciples wished to assume the place of the servant. So Jesus did it. (John 13: 12-17) “You call me Master, and rightly so for so I AM. And I have washed your feet. If I, your Master, wash your feet, then you also should wash one another’s feet. I have been your example. Do as I have done. The servant is not more worthy than his master.”
THAT’s what kind of king I am.
You want a king that looks so good everyone will admire him? That’s what Saul was. I’m not that kind of king.
You want a king who is mighty in battle and can vanquish all your enemies in this world? That was David. I can but I’m not that kind of king.
You want a king who will display wealth and grandeur? One who will build great monuments to his majesty? That was Solomon. I’m not that kind of king.
Do you desire a king that will lead you into the depths of depravity? There are many, but I’m not that kind of king.
Do you want a king to decide for you your every move? We have those today, but I’m not that kind of king.
Do you want a king who will take all you have and use it for his own gratification? They are all around us, but I’m not that kind of king.
Do you want a king that will steal the hearts and minds of your children? The world is full of them, but I’m not that kind of king.
But if you desire a king who owns the universe but willingly will lay it aside to save your soul, I can be that kind of king.
If you would like a king who will himself pay the penalty for your sin, I can be that kind of king. If you seek a king who will take a beating across his back with a whip for your healing, I’m that kind of king.
If you need a king who has conquered death and holds the keys to hell, I’m that king. If you want a king who can keep you through all the trials of this life and has for you eternal life, I’m that king.
Do you want a king who has prepared a place for you that defies the imagination just so you can be with Him, I will be your king.
Is there a king who can cleanse every sin, heal every hurt, dry every tear, give hope to the hopeless, strength to the weak, sight to the blind, joy to the sorrowful, life to the dying, and comfort to the brokenhearted? There is. And I AM he. The Great I AM! The King of Kings. The Lord of Lords. The Healer of nations. The Bright and Morning Star! The Rock of Ages! The Lion of the Tribe of Judah. The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. The savior of your soul, if you will only let me.
Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Cast your cares upon me for I care for you. Give me the rags of your life and I will give you eternal life. Give me your hopes and desires, your dreams and ambitions, all that you have and all that you are, and in exchange I will give you a crown of Righteousness.
Repent of your sins. Be washed in my name. Be filled with my Spirit. This is the only way to salvation. Failure to hear, believe, and obey my Word is failure to accept me as your king. If you will not let me be your king I cannot help you.
Choose you this day whom you will serve. Choose your king. Will it be sin? Will it be the pleasures of this world? Will it be false doctrine that allows you to hold on to the world? These all have one king. Whoever serves that king cannot serve me for no man can serve two masters. That king will promise life but only gives death. If you will serve me, even in death you will receive life everlasting.
My name is Jesus. I want to be your king. I have already paid the penalty for your sin. My crown was not gold, it was made with thorns and I bear the scars for you.