He is a righteous ruler; all his acts of government are fair and just. He rules over each subject according to what they deserve. Because he is just, He must punish wickedness. This is bad news for us, who have all sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Because He is holy and just, he cannot just wink at sin, and allow it to go unpunished. To do so would be unjust.
2. He has salvation with Him.
Even though He is just, and must punish sin, He brings with Him a way to give salvation, and still remain just.
How can he be just with sinners who deserve punishment, and yet save them with the salvation He brings? A seeming dilemma. To be just, He must punish sinners, and yet He can save them.
The King and His Mount
This king is unlike other kings. Instead of riding into town on a majestic steed, or in a royal chariot, He comes only a lowly foal of a donkey.
The passage tells us He is gentle (KJV - "lowly")
Instead of riding in to rule, He rode into Jerusalem to die. This king, who indeed, was God Himself, had a plan to save sinners and still be just.
The lowly donkey symbolized His willingness to subject Himself to torture and death in order to save men and women from their sins.
He willingly allowed Himself to be betrayed, sold for 30 pieces of silver, by one whose feet He had washed hours before.
He willingly allowed Himself to be arrested.
He willingly stood quiet as He was accused by the authorities.
Even though He really was king, He willingly allowed Himself to be mocked, as they put a crown of thorns on His head, and a mock royal robe on His body.
Even though he could vanquish his tormentors with a word, He willingly allowed Himself to be beaten. ("Watch the Lamb" - "A man so badly beaten, He barely looked alive.)
He willingly allowed Himself to be scourged and whipped unmercifully.
He willingly allowed Himself to be spat upon. He allowed all who would to shout obscenities at Him. He allowed any and all to make sport of Him.
He allowed an earthly king whom He had created to condemn Him to death.
He willingly allowed the Roman soldiers to nail Him to a cross.
He willingly suffered the horrible pain and agony of hanging on that cross.
He willingly died on that cross to fulfill His plan to satisfy justice and yet save the wicked. He would take on Himself the punishment that we all deserved!
Even after His death, and then His resurrection from the grave, He has remained a humble King, as was first symbolized in that donkey.
For 2,000 years He has allowed men to treat Him as they wished.
He has allowed men and women to curse Him, to mock Him, to ridicule Him. He has allowed people to call Him a fake and a madman.
Even though He is a sovereign King, He has allowed people to disobey Him if that is their choice.
He has allowed multitudes of people to ignore Him.
He has allowed others to twist His words, and to attribute to Him all kinds of strange teaching and ideas.
He has allowed many people to call themselves Christians, even though they have never made an attempt to true follow in the way He has prescribed.
But a day is coming when He will ride in on a different mount.
No longer on a lowly donkey, but on a majestic and royal white horse.
11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
In that day He will begin to rule.
He will be Faithful and True. He will be righteous and just as He begins to judge.
He will wage war against those who have been judged unworthy to be in His kingdom.
He will smite the wicked nations with the sharp sword of His tongue.
He will rule with a rod of iron.
He will vent His wrath on the unsaved as He treads them in a winepress.
He will be "King of Kings, and Lord of Lords." Absolutely sovereign.
And He will be righteous and endowed with salvation.
Those that took advantage of His sacrifice on the cross, and the forgiveness He offers to all who believe will be saved. They will reign with Him, vs. 14.
But those to took advantage of the opportunity to reject the humble King's sacrifice will be judged and punished. Justice must be served. If people don't accept Christ's payment of sin's punishment on their behalf, they will have to pay the penalty themselves.
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