March 16, 2008am   Honor to the Humble King!  Matthew 21

by Ronald E. George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

Palm Sunday

What is the greatest honor you have ever received?  How were you honored?  Have you honored your father and your mother?  Were you honored by your children? 

Ever Praised Mother
I read years ago of a mother who had raised six boys to manhood and her work done, had lain down to die. The boys came home to see their mother and her oldest son, a great, powerful man, knelt by her and, wiping the death-dew from her forehead, said to her: “Mother, you have always been a good mother to us boys.”
The tired woman closed her eyes and great tears pushed out under the lids and ran down her wasted cheeks. Then she opened her eyes, looked searchingly into the face of her firstborn and said to him:
“My boy, I prayed more that I might be a good mother to you six boys than for anything else. I was afraid that I should fail in some way to be all that I ought to you, and I never knew whether you boys thought I had failed or not until now. Not one of you ever told me I was a good mother until today.”—Charles A. Blanchard

Matthew 21     As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”a 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosannab to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”c “Hosanna in the highest!” 10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

  1. Honor:  What is to honor?  To honor is to show esteem for somebody by showing great respect and admiration.  It is to recognize them and pay tribute to them.  It is to keep a promise and fulfill the terms of an agreement.  Would honor the King of kings today?  You honor someone you believe in.  You have seen them and you know them.  You know that they should be honored for who they are and what they have done.  Therefore you honor them.  Some are honored for their title and others are honored for their title and their life.  Jesus is honored for who He is. 


  1. Why Should we Honor Jesus?  Do you know He is the King of Heaven?  Do you honor Him as your King?  Jesus came into the city and the people said who is this?  Who is Jesus to you?  If you know Him then you don’t have to ask.  They told them who is Jesus?  He is the prophet from Nazareth.  He comes in the name of the Lord.  Humble as can be riding on a young donkey.  Why would he be humble and riding on a donkey? 
  1. How Should we Honor Jesus?  What honors you?  What is that shows you have great respect and admiration for someone?  How did the disciples honor Jesus on the first Palm Sunday?  What did they do?  Could we do the same? 


  1. Who will Listen to Him?  They heard what He had to say.  They took time to listen.
  1. Who will Obey Him?  They did what He wanted them to do.  They obeyed the Lord.


  1. Who will Follow Him?  They followed Him when He called.  They went with Him. 
  1. Who will carry the Lord and His cross?  They were willing to help Him fulfill His mission. 


  1. Who will provide the resources He needs to do His work?     The Lord needs them and wants them. They placed their cloaks on the donkey.  Why did they place their coats on the donkey? 
  1. Who will praise His name?  Here comes your King.  What kind of King was Jesus?


  1. Who will pave the way for Him?  They spread their cloaks on the road.  Why did they spread their coats on the road ahead of Him?  They spread palm branches from the trees on the road.  Why did they spread branches from the trees?  They went ahead of him.   They paved the way for him to travel. 
  1. Who will make things ready for his arrival?  The disciples went ahead and made the world ready for the coming messiah.  They told the people He was coming.  They got the donkey ready for his transportation. 


  1. Who will ask for His salvation?  They shouted praise to Him.  Hosanna which is save us was their cry.  They asked for his salvation. 

Honor him today by giving your life to Him.  Would you lay your life not just your palm before Him?  Then He can honor you. 

Paul Lee Tan, Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations : A Treasury of Illustrations, Anecdotes, Facts and Quotations for Pastors, Teachers and Christian Workers (Garland TX: Bible Communications, 1996, c1979).

a Zech. 9:9

b A Hebrew expression meaning ``Save!” which became an exclamation of praise; also in verse 15

c Psalm 118:26

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Mt 21:1-11.