When it comes to governmental leadership, we often believe that most is accomplished through some type of conquering force. Jesus was a different type of King and setup a different kind of Kingdom.
The People’s Plan
- Since Jesus was able to meet the people’s needs in a miraculous way, they hoped He would bring about the restoration of the Jewish kingdom.
- They were eager to free themselves from a Roman ruler, and Jesus seemed to be the best candidate to lead a successful revolt.
- With a great number of people supporting Him, Jesus resisted their efforts because His plan wasn’t to win a political battle.
The Messiah’s Approach
- The opponents of God’s Kingdom wanted to silence the proof of Jesus’ life-changing power.
- The crowds believed Jesus to be the long-awaited Messiah and sought-after King.
- Kings do not typically take over land while mounted upon a young donkey.
- If He wanted to take over by might, Jesus would have come arrayed differently.
- For those transformed by Jesus’ humility, His lordship over their lives was a spiritual nature rather than a political one.
The Glorious Conclusion
- Jesus rode on a donkey during His first visit, but the next time He will come on a white warhorse.
- At that future time, the opportunity to repent will be over.
- Jesus will come to conquer once and for all.
- Every person, government, and kingdom that opposes Him will be soundly defeated.
The Reasonable Application
- Those who align with the invisible Kingdom of God now will partake in the visible and victorious Kingdom of God later.
- Render to the government what is the government’s, but render to God what is God’s.
- Never settle for a lesser goal by focusing on minor legislative victories when Christ is after a worldwide transformation.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Distinctive Discipleship. He is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. Travis graduated from North Greenville University with a B.A. in Christian Studies and earned his M.Div. and D.Min. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with his doctoral focus on family discipleship.