Sunday School Material 3-30-14: Triumphant and Victorious

(Zechariah 9:9-10; Matthew 21:1-11; 3/30/14)

Introduction:A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God promised a King in Zechariah and fulfilled the promise in Matthew. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live like we trust the promises of God.

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Body:

Read Zechariah 9:9-10

I. The King is Coming. The people of God are called to rejoice and shout, in anticipation of God’s promises. In our Sunday School material the promise is that God is sending a King.

The King is to be of godly character and one who proclaims peace. God will take the items of war away.

Applications -

- Rejoicing. Notice in vs. 9 that rejoicing is called for. The people were not left to rejoice when they felt like it. They were called to rejoice based on what they believed God would do.

In like manner, every believer today should rejoice, especially in the corporate worship service. We can rejoice about what God has done, is doing, and promises to do.

The more we rejoice, the less we complain, experience anger, and experience depression. Let’s work on doing more rejoicing about the goodness of the Lord. 

- The King’s concern with peace. Notice in vss. 9-10 that the promised King will be a King of peace, not war. First, since Jesus is the King and we are the subjects, it reasons that we learn how to follow His leadership.

Think about how challenging it is to follow the leadership of our President (whom we elected), our Pastor (whom we say God sent us), and simple Bible based efforts like coming to Prayer Meeting and paying our tithes.

Second, God prefers peace over war. If war is necessary, He is known for winning. But if God had His way, peace would be the norm. As God’s people, we should strive to have a world of peace, as opposed to all of the war that we see around our world.

Let’s work on our following the King’s leadership and seeking peace. Peace is more than the absence of war. If the strong steal from the weak and then say let’s stop fighting that is not the kind of peace that God wants.

- Identity and stuff. Notice in vs. 9 that the King rides a donkey, not a horse, and He was still the King. There are too many people who have too much of their identity tied up in their stuff.

They feel good, when they have nice stuff like luxury cars, expensive cloths, and sparkling jewelry. But they feel bad, when they ride the bus, have to wash their own cloths, and have no jewelry.

Just like the King was the King, regardless of what He rode, we should learn to see ourselves as loved people of God, no matter how much or how little stuff we have.

Let’s work on remembering that we are not our stuff. Don’t let your stuff make you look good, you make your stuff look good.

Read Matthew 21:1-11

II. The King has Come. In our Sunday School material Jesus sends two disciples to fetch a donkey and her colt. This is to fulfill the scripture in Zechariah. The people rejoice and sing praises, as if they understood that Jesus is the fulfillment of prophesy.

Applications -

- Sendable disciples. Notice in vss. 1-3 that Jesus sent reliable disciples with a script to fetch the donkey and colt. There is a great need for sendable disciples in our churches today. The Pastor and a handful of faithful people cannot carry the whole church.

To be sendable, one needs to be competent to carry out the assignment. One needs to be reliable and humble enough to follow instructions, including what to say. The church suffers when the work is done by the few and criticized by the many.

The church also suffers when the wrong people are sent (i.e., people who come back with the wrong thing and said the wrong thing, while they were gone). Let’s work on supporting the development of sendable disciples and the sending of disciples for the kingdom’s work.

- God the promise keeper. Notice in vss. 4-5 that God is a promise keeper. Just as God kept His promises about the King coming in our Sunday School material, we can trust God’s promises today.

God promises to bless our obedience and punish our disobedience. At the core of obeying God’s will are the issues of making sure we have accepted Jesus as our savior by faith and then loving God and others, as we love ourselves.

Let’s live like we trust the promises of God. When we live disobedient lives, it doesn’t appear that we trust the promises of God.

- Zeal and knowledge. Notice in vss. 8-11 that it is good to see the people excited about Jesus, but their knowledge was not as high as their zeal.

Notice in vs. 11 of the Sunday School material that they already had demoted Jesus from being the King and Son of David to simply a prophet from Nazareth.

Let’s aim to have both zeal and knowledge. Prayerful study in private and with your church family will help with developing knowledge. Thinking about the goodness of the Lord will help with our zeal.

Conclusion: Let’s work on living like we trust the promises of God. God has much for those who obey His will.

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