The Strength of Choosing the Right King

Dr. Steve Viars September 16, 2012 Luke 19:28 - 20:18

Zechariah 9:9-10 - Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, humble, and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the horse from Jerusalem; and the bow of war will be cut off. And He will speak peace to the nations; and His dominion will be from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth.

Psalm 138:3 - On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul…

3 reasons to follow the Lordship of Christ

I. Jesus has Offered to be Your King

A. A king who knows the future

Luke 19:30-31 - …“Go into the village ahead of you; there, as you enter, you will find a colt tied on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of it.’ ”

…"We want to win.  We want to be competitive.  We want to have good programs and stuff.  But it's only for this life.  From our perspective, we have eternity in mind, so that takes precedence.  We want to be competitive; we want to honor God in that way, to try our hardest.  But we also want to be a witness, because that's what really counts.  That's what really matters in the end." (Mariel Netherton)

B. A king whose divinity is unquestionable

Zechariah 9:9 - Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, humble, and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Daniel 9:25-26 - So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.

Luke 19:40 - But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”

C. A king whose provision is marvelous

Luke 2:14 - “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

Luke 19:38 - shouting: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord; peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

II. Jesus is Qualified to be Your King

A. Because of His marvelous compassion

Luke 19:41 - When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it…

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

B. Because of His principled purity

Luke 19:46 - saying to them, “It is written, ‘And My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a robbers’ den.”

Ephesians 4:15-16 - but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

C. Because of His powerful teaching

Luke 19:47-48 - And He was teaching daily in the temple; but the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people were trying to destroy Him, and they could not find anything that they might do, for all the people were hanging on to every word He said.

John 17:17 - Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.

III. Jesus Ought to be Your King

A. The parable's setting

Luke 20:9 - And He began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and rented it out to vine-growers, and went on a journey for a long time.”

B. The parable's scandal

Luke 20:13-15 – “The owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’  But when the vine-growers saw him, they reasoned with one another, saying, ‘This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours.’  So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What, then, will the owner of the vineyard do to them?”

C. The parable's message


Dr. Steve Viars


Senior Pastor - Faith Church

Director - Faith Legacy Foundation


B.S.: Pre-Seminary & Bible, Baptist Bible College (Now Clarks Summit University)
M.Div.: Grace Theological Seminary
D.Min.: Biblical Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary

Dr. Steve Viars has served at Faith Church in Lafayette, IN since 1987. Pastor Viars leads and equips Faith Church as Senior Pastor with a focus on preaching and teaching God’s Word and using his organizational skills in guiding the implementation of the Faith Church mission and vision. He oversees the staff, deacons, and all Faith Church ministries. Dr. Viars serves on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope, and the Faith Community Development Corporation. Steve is the author, co-author, or contributor to six books and numerous booklets. He and his wife, Kris, were married in 1982 and have two married daughters, a son, and three grandchildren.

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