Hail to the King by Stephen Whitney

Hail to the King
Stephen Whitney
Matthew 21:1-9

The Triumphs of Caesar are a series of nine large paintings created by the Italian Renaissance artist Andrea Mantegna between 1484 and 1492. They depict a triumphal military parade celebrating Julius Caesar's victory over the area of France and Belgium which took place from 58 to 50 BC.

First, there are trumpeters leading the parade with wagons laden with spoils. Next, there are the gold and silver coins which had been captured. Third, were crowns that had been given to Caesar as a reward for his bravery by cities and allies or the army itself.

Then white oxen followed by elephants and after them came Julius Caesar himself on a chariot embellished with various designs, wearing a crown of gold and precious stones, dressed in a purple toga embroidered with gold stars. He held in his hand a scepter of ivory and a laurel branch, which was always a symbol of victory.

Riding in the same chariot with him were boys and girls and on either side of him young men on horses who were his relatives.

Following him were those who had served him in the war as aids and armor-bearers. Finally, his army followed after them.

It was quite a grand site as this victory parade marched into the center of Rome for all of the people to cheer Caesar and his great victory for the Roman Empire. The great leaders of the world like to display their glory by showing people how powerful they are.

Humility is the opposite of pride. Instead of showing others have great you are it is seeing your self under God's authority to accomplish his will so he gets the glory.

Jesus came to do the will of God, not to bring glory to himself.

The one time during his public ministry he allowed the people to praise him as king was on Palm Sunday when he entered into Jerusalem symbolically as a king. It was a deliberate act to
fulfill OT prophecy to show the people he was their Messiah.

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