We are quickly approaching Palm Sunday and I’ve been reflecting on the story of Jesus found in Matthew 21. Time was winding down before His crucifixion and we see Jesus on the Mount of Olives fulfilling a prophecy that foretold of his humility.
Jesus’ mode of transportation and the manner in which He made His grand entrance into the city of Bethphage is very striking, isn’t it? The King of Glory, the Rose of Sharon, the Bright and Morning Star chose the humble things of this world to confound the wise. And, here we see Jesus, the Lamb of God, who would imminently take upon Himself the sins of the world, riding on a lowly donkey to greet His followers. Imagine what the church folk were whispering to one another behind their funeral home sponsored church fans?! “Can you believe that He, who calls Himself the Messiah, is riding on a donkey one minute and healing the sick another? Some royalty He is! Ha!”
Little did they realize they were witnessing the Son of God displaying His Majesty through the base things of this world. He was not under any constraints to prove His Godhead to the religious leadership or common man. As when He entered the world via a virgin birth, the devout did not anticipate or accept His arrival. The same could be said on the day in history, which we now refer to as “Palm Sunday”. They marveled within their sanctimonious egos. “How could this be the Son of God? Surely not! Our God would not arrive in such a fashion!”
And, yet, He did just that! How often do we also place Jesus in our own little religious boxes? You see, God’s ways are not man’s ways. They’re not even on the same stratosphere.
But, those who were looking for the Messiah found Him indeed! They cried,
“Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!”
And, so, we cry out in worship to Him today, praising Him because He paid the price for our redemption because of His great love for us! No one is so worthy of our utmost adoration and life’s devotion as our King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
And this is why He came:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free.” ~ Luke 4:18
Prayer: “Dear God, thank you for your great love and your sacrifice. Thank you that I have received the Good News of the Gospel and you have set me free from sin and eternal death. Thank you for opening my spiritual eyes to the truth of your Word. I worship you today in spirit and in truth, for the Greatness of Who You are, for your Majesty! You are the reigning King of my heart and I praise you for the work you are continually doing in my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”