The "Secret" Messiah

by Rev. Sean Finnegan on March 17, 2013
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initial narrative (Mark 11.1-11)
- Hosanna is “Save now”, rejoicing! jubilation! excitement!
- turn to Zechariah 9

examples of Jesus telling people not to tell about him (messianic secret)
1. Demon in Synagogue at Capernaum (Mark 1.21-28)
2. Raising Jairus’ Daughter (Mark 5.21-24, 35-43)
3. Peter’s Confession (Mark 8.27-30)
4. So, casting out spirits he told them “shhhh don’t tell”; healing people like Jairus’ daughter he said “shhh don’t tell who I am”; even his own disciples he said “shhh don’t tell”; ALL THAT CHANGED WHEN HE ENTERED JERUSALEM

the triumphal entry as revealing the ultimate secret

But what is a “Messiah?”
- is it a sensai like Woo who teaches spin-jitsu?
- is it a power ranger megazord robot?
- is it an ariEL sea horse? < - it is a King like David (1 Chron 17.11-14)

three ways: (coded actions)
1. riding the donkey (Zechariah 9.9-10 prophecy)
2. palm branches
3. called “Son of David”, “King of Israel”

Messiah as Ruler
- Gabriel promised Mary that Jesus would rule over Israel forever (Luke 1.31-33)
- “The Son of David”, “Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!”, “The King of Israel”

The Romans
but the Romans, the bad guys, would not like that, because they wanted to stay in charge
1. so any time someone called themselves a king the Romans would kill them
2. we’ll talk about what happened to Jesus when the Romans found out about him being called the King of the Jews next week

Jesus is Messiah! Jesus is Messiah! Jesus is Messiah!
- is this a secret?
- is it a secret in your life?
- we have an opportunity (Easter is coming up)
1. best time to invite friends, relatives, co-workers

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