Message NotesI) Intro
a. (Palm Sunday, think of the parade and the pomp and circumstance.)
b. The Bulls introducing MJ
i. I am a product of the 90s. I at times feel I was born in the wrong decade, something about 80s music, just cant get enough of it. But I must say I loved the 90s. Now, loving sports, basketball in particular, it was fun growing up watching the Bulls dynasty. I mean Tony Kukoc, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr, Dennis Rodman and of course, Michael Jordan. How, as a 10-12 year old boy who loves basketball could you not enjoy watching MJ. I'd sit in front of the TV just mesmerized at the things he did.
ii. Everyone by now knows I went to college in Chicago. People ask me why and I tell them I fell in love with the city when I was younger. You see, my dad took me to Chicago just the two of us when I was 12 years old. We went to a Cubs/White Sox game which I honestly didn?t think anything could get any better. Then, my dad took me to Game 3 of the NBA Finals on June 7. That is where I experienced one of the coolest moments, the introduction of the starting line-ups. They introduced the Jazz, bland, non-emotional, just said the name and position. And then it was show time. The lights went out. They had a laser type light of a bull flashing around the court and then the infamous music with the announcer, filled with excitement proclaiming "and from North Carolina, standing 6'6" guard Michael Jordan" as the entire stadium literally shook from everyone screaming and clapping and making noise. Everyone knew what was about to happen. You hear that music and you knew you were just moments away from seeing one of the greatest basketball players to ever play.
c. You knew what was coming and you were excited to be a part of it.
d. Can you imagine being part of that crowd that day, crying out Hosanna, waving palm branches and throwing your cloak on the path Christ was coming down?
e. Now, of course, we know that their cries were misguided.
f. We know that they believed Jesus to be their Messiah, but they believed that the Messiah would bring sword and slay the Romans and free them from the Roman oppression.
g. We know this was not the case.
h. And we know that just a few days later they turned on Him and their cries went from praising Him as the Messiah and saying Hosanna to scorning Him, choosing to let a murderer live instead as they chanted Crucify Him.
i. And while there are many aspects that we could touch on in regards to this message and this portion of the Scriptures, today, on Palm Sunday, we are going to take a look at the Triumphal Entry and we will look at an aspect of this story that perhaps we have not examined it from before.
a. I was in the bookstore a couple weeks back and I came across a book entitled ?What the Dog Saw.?
i. Now, I haven?t read a single page of the book yet, although I?ve been itching to.
ii. I had never heard of the book prior to seeing it but I bought the book for two reasons.
1. The first is because it is by one of my favorite authors and I enjoy the material he writes about.
2. The second is because of the title of his book.
3. I mean, this is something I have often wondered, what would it be like to be a dog?
4. They see everything, they hear the most private of conversations as they sit on your lap and you babble on about who knows what.
5. This is the same concept as the proverbial fly on a wall.
6. A few years back there was a Bush?s Baked Beans commercial where one of the Bush?s thought the secret family recipe was safe because the dog was the only one who knew it. The commercial ended with the dog speaking and the man having this puzzled worried look on his face.
7. I mean, think about it. What if you could see all that a dog sees? You?d have so many new experiences, so many different ways of looking at what we see. It would be amazing the things we?d learn.
iii. Well today, while as I said there are many avenues we could travel down today in regards to this section of Scripture, I want to take a look at the Triumphal Entry, but I want to really take a look at the donkey in particular.
iv. I think there are a few things we can learn from the donkey in this story that will help us in our own journey of faith.
III) Before we get any further, let?s actually read the passage which describes the Triumphal Entry and then go from there.
a. Matthew 21:1-11 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, ?Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.?
4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 ?Say to Daughter Zion, ?See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.?? 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, ?Hosanna to the Son of David!? ?Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!? ?Hosanna in the highest heaven!?
10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, ?Who is this?? 11 The crowds answered, ?This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.?
b. I love this account. I love the Triumphal Entry. I mean, there are so many parts to this story and this week that just fascinate me.
c. I mean, I think of the question what would you do if you knew you had X amount of time to live.
d. Well, that was the spot Christ was in. He knew what was awaiting Him at the end of the week, yet He continued on with the plan.
e. And this triumphal entry is Christ saying okay, I?m not running for the hills.
f. And this in a way is the beginning to the end of Christ?s earthly ministry.
g. I think part of why Christ?s last week before being crucified is so fascinating to me is because I have been to Jerusalem and walked the very places described in these passages.
h. And one of the coolest places for me was standing on the Mount of Olives and looking across the way to the Temple. And while we were there, we were with our group taking pictures, just soaking in the moment when out of nowhere, this man came walking past us with a donkey. I suppose you could pay him to ride a donkey in the Holy Land.
i. This really got me thinking, I mean, I read the passage we just read time and time again and I think of Christ entering the city knowing what was about to take place, yet not running away. I think of the people in the crowd and where they were at in life, what they really expected Christ to do for them as he came to Jerusalem. I think of the palms and coats on the street. But I hadn?t ever really thought about how Jesus came into the city, on a donkey. I never thought too much about the significance, if there was any, that Christ the Messiah entered on a donkey. It always just seemed to make sense that he would enter on some sort of animal. I mean it?s either ride an animal or walk. Donkeys were cars to the people back then. Just like we have different types of cars, well they had different types of donkeys but wealthy and poor both rode them to get around. Pure white donkeys were like the Cadillac?s of donkeys back in the day, if you had money you rode a white donkey. So, this seemed like just some insignificant detail. Yet Christ specifically asks for a particular donkey. He sends His disciples, delays His trip so that they can travel to this village and bring back a particular donkey. Maybe it isn?t some insignificant detail.
IV) So, why a Donkey?
a. Before we see a few lessons for each of us that we can take from the donkey, I want us to see the importance of Christ entering Jerusalem on a donkey.
b. As is the case with Scripture, nothing is insignificant.
c. The fact that Christ entered on a donkey is recorded in all four Gospels.
d. That right there should tell you something. A lot of times the Gospels will include different aspects to a particular story but for all of them to mention this donkey, well that must carry some weight with it, no?
e. Well, for starters, Christ had to fulfill the prophecy.
i. Zechariah 9:9
1. Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
ii. Here we see that Christ was making clear reference to this prophecy by riding a donkey.
iii. And the Old Testament for the Jews was not like it is for us today.
iv. Today, we get lost reading the Old Testament.
v. For the Jews, that was their life. They devoted themselves to the Scriptures, they knew all the prophecies so that they would know when the Messiah was in their presence.
vi. This is why Christ throughout His earthly ministry, continuously fulfilled prophesies.
vii. He did things very orderly and with a purpose.
viii. So, Him riding in on a donkey would make a light bulb go off in the mind of every Israelite.
ix. All of the things Christ had done, all the signs and miracles would have culminated for them in this prophecy.
x. Their Messiah will come to them riding on a donkey.
xi. And we know that they understood what was taking place in one sense.
xii. This is why they were shouting triumphantly, why they were rejoicing.
xiii. They cried out Hosanna to Him. Hosanna meaning ?Save, I pray?
xiv. They knew He was the Messiah, the One sent to save them.
xv. They just did not understand how the Messiah would save them.
xvi. Nevertheless, Christ had to fulfill the Scriptures so that He could further reveal Himself to His people in hopes that they might believe and repent.
f. But secondly, it is significant that Christ came to Jerusalem on a donkey because of what donkeys symbolized.
i. Donkeys were not symbols of stubbornness or stupidity as they are today.
1. I mean, we think of Eeyore, my favorite character from Winnie the Pooh when we think of donkeys. Very negative and slow ?Where?s my tail? kind of an animal.
ii. Rather, they were symbols of peace and humility.
iii. Just like the prophecy in Zechariah stated, Christ was ?just and endowed with salvation, humble and mounted on a donkey.?
iv. When the wealthy wanted to show humility, they rode donkeys as opposed to their chariots and horses.
v. In 1 Samuel we read the story of Nabal and Abigail. We are told in verse two that he ?was very rich, and he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats.? David had sent servants to request to use shearers to shear his sheep while they traveled but Nabal was unaccommodating and rude and would not even give David?s servants food. This infuriated David when he was told this and he prepared to go kill Nabal but along the way Abigail, Nabal?s wife heard what David was planning to do and that is where we pick up in verse 18.
1. 1 Samuel 25:18-20, 23-24 Then Abigail hurried and took two hundred loaves of bread and two jugs of wine and five sheep already prepared and five measures of roasted grain and a hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and loaded them on donkeys. 19She said to her young men, ?Go on before me; behold, I am coming after you.? But she did not tell her husband Nabal. 20it came about as she was riding on her donkey and coming down by the hidden part of the mountain, that behold, David and his men were coming down toward her; so she met them?23When Abigail saw David, she hurried and dismounted from her donkey, and fell on her face before David and bowed herself to the ground. 24She fell at his feet and said, ?On me alone, my lord, be the blame.
vi. Here is a woman who clearly could have rode on the back of servants if she wanted to. Instead, she came riding on a donkey in all humility seeking the favor of David.
vii. So, it would be fitting that Christ would enter on an animal symbolizing humility during this final week of His earthly ministry
1. Philippians 2:5-8 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
viii. Here we have quite possibly the most humble of acts in human history about to take place, the fact that Christ would even enter the city knowing what was about to transpire could fit in that category, but God Himself making Himself lower than the angels for a little while, humbled Himself to come and die on a cross. When you look at it that way, there is no animal other than a donkey that Christ could enter on, is there?
g. Finally, in that day it was taught that kings at war entered a city on a horse while kings at peace entered on a donkey
i. Solomon at Peace
1. In 1 Kings 1:32-35 we see Solomon riding a donkey as he is made king.
a. 32Then King David said, "Call to me Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada." And they came into the king's presence. 33The king said to them, "Take with you the servants of your lord, and have my son Solomon ride on my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon. 34"Let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there as king over Israel, and blow the trumpet and say, 'Long live King Solomon!' 35"Then you shall come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne and be king in my place; for I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and Judah."
ii. At War
1. Ezekiel 26:7-11
a. For thus says the Lord GOD, ?Behold, I will bring upon Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses, chariots, cavalry and a great army. 8?He will slay your daughters on the mainland with the sword; and he will make siege walls against you, cast up a ramp against you and raise up a large shield against you. 9?The blow of his battering rams he will direct against your walls, and with his axes he will break down your towers. 10?Because of the multitude of his horses, the dust raised by them will cover you; your walls will shake at the noise of cavalry and wagons and chariots when he enters your gates as men enter a city that is breached. 11?With the hoofs of his horses he will trample all your streets. He will slay your people with the sword; and your strong pillars will come down to the ground.
2. It?s interesting, around 165 B.C. the Jews had been under Greek oppression for a couple hundred years. They weren?t putting up much of a fight and had lost their identity to a certain degree as Zeus was now being worshipped in the Temple by the Greeks. Without getting into the specifics, a man by the name of Judas Maccabeus decided to enter Jerusalem and free the Jews from their oppression and to purify the Temple and rededicate it to God. So he got on his horse and led a small group of rebels in guerilla warfare and freed the Jews.
3. Fast forward to Christ at the triumphal entry and it?s no wonder they are expecting a similar figure. Sure he isn?t riding a horse but maybe that?s just part of His decoy. Who knows what they were thinking. But I can assure you that when Christ entered Jerusalem and one of the first things He does is purify the Temple of the moneychangers, there wasn?t a doubt in their mind that Christ was their savior who would free them from Roman oppression.
1. And it is true, Christ entered Jerusalem with the intent of saving Israel from their oppression. He did not however, enter Jerusalem with the intent to remove them from being under the Roman oppression.
2. Christ came ?endowed with salvation.?
3. Had the Jews accepted Him, had they repented of their sins then and there as a nation, which they could have, then the kingdom would have been set up.
4. Instead, they rejected Him, the offer was withdrawn for a period of time while being offered to another people, the Gentiles.
5. But salvation will once again be offered to the Jews, at a costly price as we see this picture in Revelation 19:11-19
a. And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, ?KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.?
17Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, ?Come, assemble for the great supper of God, 18so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.? 19And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.
b. Here we have Christ on a white horse at the Second Coming and He is ready to wage war on the kings of this earth. His army is following Him on horses and from His mouth came a sharp sword that strikes down nations. This is unreal. This is when Christ is coming as a king at war, clearly different than the way He entered Jerusalem some 2000 years ago as a king at peace.
6. The neat thing I see when I think about this though, that kings at war entered a city on a horse while kings at peace entered on a donkey is that both are still kings.
7. Christ, even though riding a donkey, is still King, He?s just entering the city in peace, it wasn?t time for war. There was still an opportunity for Him to save them without having to go to war.
8. Instead, as we took note, they rejected Him and by so doing, made Christ have to die on the cross so that He could be resurrected so that us Gentiles could receive the salvation of our souls. Without the resurrection from the dead, there would be no salvation of our souls.
iv. And the amazing thing is that we are able to see all of this simply because Christ entered on a donkey.
v. His purpose should have been even clearer, Him being the Messiah and what that means should have even been more understood but sadly for them it wasn?t.
h. So, we?ve seen why Christ entered on a donkey. Let?s now change gears and see what lessons we can learn from the donkey, let?s see ways that we are to be donkeys for Christ.
i. Now, there are very clear types and antitypes in Scriptures. We read a passage of Scripture and we learn about things yet future. But there are other stories that when examined contain Biblical principles and are good pictures for our lives and us today. The rest of what we are going to look at today falls into this latter category.
j. As I said earlier, I want to take a look at this familiar passage of Scripture from a different point of view. Maybe the concept is a bit humorous but today, we are going to take lessons from the donkey. We won?t get into great detail but there are four lessons I want us to learn from the donkey.
V) The first is that You are Needed/Called By Christ
a. Christ knew exactly where that donkey was. And what did we read in our original passage? Verse 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them.
b. Now, we know that God is God and His plan will not be denied but part of the beauty of His plan is that He has chosen to use humans as a means to accomplish His plan.
c. To this we have been called.
d. So to say God has need of nothing would get us into a theological debate that we are not going to even go to.
e. But through the type of Adam and Eve we know for certain that Christ needs a Bride in order to help Him rule in His kingdom.
f. And from the type, we know that the Bride comes from the Body of the Man.
g. We know Matthew 22:14, For many are called but few are called out.
h. We know that the Bride is to distinguish Herself, to separate herself from the body.
i. And no matter where you are at today spiritually, Christ is calling for you, He has need of a Bride and He wants as many of us to be part of that as are willing to endure the sufferings necessary.
j. And as we are told in Revelation 3:19-21 ?Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. 20?Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. 21?He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
k. This passage is typically used in witnessing to bring unbelievers to a point where they accept the free gift of salvation.
l. But this passage is referring to Christ calling out to believers, those already saved who are in the context lukewarm in their deeds. He is calling out to them and if they would simply acknowledge His presence, humble themselves then He says that He will come in and dine with them and he who overcomes will sit with Him on His throne.
m. Christ has need of you. He is calling for you. Will you, like the donkey, come? I mean, donkeys are stubborn and maybe Christ called for that particular donkey because He knew it wouldn?t be stubborn and not follow the disciples, I don?t know. But Christ is calling each of us here and we are to follow after Him.
VI) The second lesson is that You are to Carry Jesus
a. Have you heard of the guy who has carried a cross on his back as he walks around the country and I want to even say world?
b. This is not what it means to carry Jesus. I mean, sure, that sounds neat and is an impressive physical feat I suppose but is there really any worth in that? This is not what it means to carry Jesus. Carrying Jesus deals with us carrying our cross daily.
c. Luke 9:23 And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
d. No, taking up our cross daily doesn?t mean carrying a literal cross, we all know this but what does it mean?
e. 1 Peter 2:20-24 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 22 ?He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.? 23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
f. Taking up our cross is figurative for what Christ did literally.
g. I don?t know how many of you ever saw the Passion, I still remember the first time I saw it and just being struck with amount of suffering Christ went through physically, never mind the inner conflict that must have been taking place as He was betrayed in essence by the world.
h. But as we read in Peter, to this you were called, suffering for doing good and enduring it. Just as Christ suffered, and in the same manner we are to suffer, we are to live for righteousness.
i. But as Romans 8:16-18 states, The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
j. Those who are already children of God, who suffer will become co-heirs with Christ and it is this group who will be glorified with Him.
k. And as Paul writes, there is no suffering that would be too hard to endure in comparison to the glory that is at stake.
l. It really is a simple question, will we endure the sufferings necessary in order to obtain the glory or won?t we?
m. Do we want glory now but for a short time or glory then?
n. Well, if we want it then, then we are to carry Christ today.
VII) The third lesson to learn from the donkey is that You are to be Under His Control
a. Romans 8:6-9 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.
b. We are not to be controlled by the flesh but to be controlled by the Spirit if we have been saved, if the Spirit of God dwells in us.
c. This means not letting our minds dwell on fleshly things.
d. This means patiently enduring the sufferings that will come to those who take up their cross daily, not grumbling that you have to endure it but fixing your mind on the hope set before you.
e. This means allowing the Spirit to transform you.
f. Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
g. Well, how are our minds renewed? By switching focus from the things of this world to the things above.
h. And it of course doesn?t take much to figure out that the way to switch focus is to overload your mind with things of that nature.
i. Get in the Word as often as you can.
j. You know, I don?t know about any of you, but I often times struggle with my thoughts.
k. Something will happen and I start thinking about it. Even if I?m doing something else those thoughts are inside just spinning wheels.
l. Sometimes they are good thoughts, sometimes they aren?t.
m. But the best thing I?ve found is to immerse myself in something else so that I no longer am focused on those thoughts.
n. It?s amazing how every week I preach, there are always similar natured distractions that come up.
o. This week was no different, if anything it was amplified.
p. And in spite of the craziness going on at work, my brother and I continued to work out and it?s amazing how I would be completely focused on working out and wouldn?t have any thoughts distracting me, making me anxious.
q. Well, the same is true, when we focus on the Word of God, it transforms our minds.
r. Our minds are amazing tools and whatever controls them will control the rest of the body.
s. So, are we going to allow the flesh, the things of this world, what we see on TV or the magazines that feed our flesh to control our minds or are we going to place ourselves under the Word of God and allow the Spirit to control us?
VIII) The fourth and final lesson is that You are to be Forgotten While Christ is Worshipped
a. It?s interesting, I mean, Christ makes such a big deal about His disciples getting this particular donkey but what happens to it? It?s like the animal disappeared. We never discover if it was taken back to its owner.
b. But what we do know is that while it played an important part in helping Christ enter Jerusalem, the attention was on Christ and Christ alone.
c. Well, the same should be true for us today. It is not to be about us rather all we do should point to Christ.
d. When we are obedient to the Scriptures, it is not so that others may see us but that they may see a picture, broken as it may be, of Christ and His Bride.
e. 2 Corinthians 3:18
i. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
ii. I think of Moses and how he had to wear a veil after seeing the back of God. They didn?t see Moses, they saw the glory of God through Moses.
iii. We are to be so connected with Christ that people come in contact with us and can feel the glory and love of God, not the many fleshly parts of us that come easy to us.
f. As simple as it may be, John the Baptist?s words to the Pharisees in John 3:30 say it best:
i. He must increase, but I must decrease.
g. When it boils down to it, this is what it is about. We are to decrease. Our flesh, our human desires, the things of the soul, we are to put them to death so that Christ may increase in us. So that we may be overflowing with the Spirit.
h. It is then, when we are in all humility carrying our cross daily, following the Lord?s instruction and being obedient to the Spirit that we will disappear and Christ will be worshipped in us and through us.
a. There is a movie where a few husbands and wives go on vacation where they have fun but also go through a marriage therapy session. At the beginning the counselor tells them that by the end he will tell them what type of animal best depicts their marriage. For one couple they were just having trouble connecting, he was controlling and she was very organized and it created a lot of issues in their marriage. The counselor encoura
ged them to be like a rabbit due to their ability to overcome any obstacles that get in their way. For another couple they were high school sweethearts but 20 years later it just wasn?t the same. They were given the wolf because even though the wolf is a pack animal, their hearts always remain with their chosen mate.
b. Well, it comes to the final couple and they?re expecting something cool but instead they are told to be like a donkey because they are both stubborn and bear each other?s burdens. The counselor encourages them to be like a donkey for their marriage, stubborn for each other and plowing through any problems that get in the way.
c. Obviously the movie was trying to get a laugh but I think the principle has some truth to it.
d. So, as we close here on Palm Sunday, I want to encourage each of us to be like the donkey for Christ. Remember that He has need of you, remember that you are to carry Him in this world, that you are to be under His control and finally that you are to be forgotten while Christ is worshipped.