Victory

Brother Tim Surber brought the message.

Luke 19: 29 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,30 Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.31 And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.32 And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?34 And they said, The Lord hath need of him.35 And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.36 And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

Jesus traveled to Jerusalem in a ride of victory.  He came to the bend in the road but kept heading toward the city.  He convicted our hearts, and we came to the bend in the road realizing we were away from God with a choice to make.

This donkey had a special purpose.  God must have relayed it to the owner in some way.  He offered no resistance when told the Master had need of his donkey.  He rode on a donkey instead of a horse because he was bringing peace.  The people put down their coats for Jesus to ride through.  Some even cut limbs from palm trees, another symbol of peace.  The book of John says when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

The people cried hosanna which meant “save us now.”  Under oppression of Roman rule, Israel looked for relief.  This was not the time.  That would come.  They didn’t fully realize what they said.  Jesus came to truly set people free.  The Bible says whom the Son sets free is free indeed.  This was a ride of victory.  Even his death was one of victory not defeat.  Jesus gave his life; it wasn’t taken.  He died, but he rose again.  Revelation 1:18 says I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.  Jesus died for you and me, for the Roman soldiers who nailed him to the cross, and for every person in the world.  All of humanity stood in need of a Savior.  There is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved.  Jesus gave his blood for us so that we could be free.  Sin held us down for many years.  Now we’re free.

Our Savior is not dead. He is risen and sitting at the right hand of our heavenly Father.  The stone was not rolled away from the tomb for Jesus to get out but for us to see in.  Many are blinded today.  Even on that day money was offered to say that the disciples took his body instead of that he resurrected from the dead.  John saw the grave clothes and knew Jesus had risen.  Peter had his faults and failures as we all do. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never got out of a boat and walked on the water.  He ran inside the tomb and knew.

The angels asked the women why they sought the living among the dead.  When we believe Jesus died and was raised from the dead, we can be saved.  Jesus had told them, but they didn’t comprehend it.  We wouldn’t have either.  Jesus spoke Mary’s name.  She knew it was the Lord.  When we hear his voice, we know it.

He rose in victory.  He’s still victorious, and through him we are overcomers. Colossians 2:15 says and having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.  Jesus made an open show of himself.  The 11 saw him.  The women saw him.  Over 500 who resurrected with him saw him.  He showed his hands and side to Thomas.  We need to be a vessel of God for his glory.  Don’t be impatient.  Jesus is alive.  He’s still victorious.  God is still God.  Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Luke 19:37 says And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen.  I could ask each of you what the Lord has done in your life.  We rejoice over what he’s done.  Next week we’ll all celebrate the resurrection, but it should be something we celebrate every time we come to church.  He’s worthy of all praise, glory, and honor.  Every morning we look in the mirror we should be thankful for the salvation of our soul.

We battle the devil.  Sometimes we may feel like giving up.  We can trust God’s Word.  Jesus used the Word when he was tempted by Satan in the wilderness.  Revelation 19:6 says and I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.  He still reigns.  He’s still in control.  We need to let him reign in our heart as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

The sacrifice had to be perfect and unblemished.  Jesus was that.  He died and was buried.  Later the women talked among themselves about how to get the stone rolled away from the tomb so they could get in.  It was already taken care of.  Jesus had risen in victory.  He ascended in victory.  He’ll return in victory.  John 14 tells us that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one will go to heaven but by Jesus.  He is the only way.

We have a blessed hope.  Paul told us but I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  We have this hope because he rose in victory.  We’re not losers with Jesus as our Savior.

It won’t always be the way it is.  There won’t always be sickness and problems.  Jesus will return.  If we’re trusting in him, we will be changed.  We’ve been made alive in Jesus.  He is still giving hope.  He’s still giving power to those who trust in him.

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