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The Kingdom of Peace

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Analyzing the multiple "triumphal entries" that establish the Kingdom of Peace.

Text: Mark 11:7-11; Zech. 9:9-12
Date: 04/02/2023, the Combined service.
Occasion: Palm Sunday

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On the Sunday before His Crucifixion, Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey to the wild cheers of a large crowd heralding Him as the Messiah. But before the week was out, many of the same people would cry "Crucify Him" and send Him to the Cross. We might well ask the question: "What is so 'triumphal' about the 'Triumphal Entry'?" In this Palm Sunday message we will attempt to answer that question by viewing the event symbolically as a "living parable". By tracing the concept of the Triumphal Entry through both the Old and the New Testaments, we will find it is not isolated to this one event. But rather, that the idea of this triumph is woven through Scripture including the prophets of old, the Nativity story, the Crucifixion, and the Second Coming of Christ. Ultimately we will rejoice and join in the chorus of "Hosanna!", as we watch our King bring peace to the souls of believers and establish a Kingdom of Peace that will reign forever.

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I. Introduction
II. Exposition of the text, Mark 11:7-11; Zech. 9:9-12.
A. Context
B. Expanding the idea of the Triumphal Entry.
1. Prophecies of the Prince of Peace.
a. Setting the scene.
b. The prophetic foretelling.
i. Daniel's foretelling, Dan. 2:34-35,44-45 Psa. 118:22.
ii. Isaiah's foretelling, Isa. 9:2,5-7.
iii. Zechariah's foretelling.
1) Prophecies of the Triumphal Entry, Jer. 29:10, Zech. 9:9.
2) Prophecies of the Kingdom of Peace, Zech. 9:10.
3) The blood of the covenant, Zech. 9:11-12, Heb. 9:22, Ex. 24:8, Mark 14:24.
2. The arrival of the Prince of Peace, Phil. 2:6-8.
a. The "dayspring" of peace, Luke 1:76-79.
b. The heralds of peace, Luke 2:8-14.
3. The Servant of peace.
a. An image of exuberance, Mark 11:1-10, John 12:13.
b. An image of peace, Mark 11:11.
c. The only path to peace, Isa. 53:4-6.
4. The triumphant King of peace.
a. The return of the Warrior King, Acts 1:9, Dan. 7:13-14.
b. The heavenly Arbiter, Heb. 9:24, Job 9:32-33.
5. The Triumphal "Re-Entry", Rev. 19:11-16, Matt. 25:31-34, 41.
6. The Kingdom of peace, Isa. 9:2, 2Cor. 4:6, John 14:1-3, Matt. 7:13-14, 25:21.
III. Conclusion, Psa. 24:7-10.

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