|The Triumphal Entry|
|Sunday, April 17 2011|
The King of Kings
Less than a week before His death, Christ came riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, fulfilling the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9. As He rode into town, people laid their clothes and palm branches in the street, acknowledging Christ as a king.
"They proclaimed: 'Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.'" -Luke 19:38, NAB
The Redeemer had come, the long-awaited Messiah. Generations had been waiting for Him to come. They were expecting Him to set up His kingdom here on Earth, and they did not realize His true mission, to set up His kingdom in Heaven. Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, came that day to bring salvation to the people. He came not only to bring salvation to the people of that generation, but for all generations to come. He came for you and me. The Triumphal Entry, now celebrated each year as Palm Sunday, is a day for us to celebrate. We celebrate the coming of our Lord, Christ the King.
Once a year, at Palm Sunday, we celebrate Christ's coming as the King, but it should be something that we continue to celebrate in our daily lives. Our words should share the good news of the Prince of Peace. Our deeds should show our allegiance to the King of Kings. Our lives should be given to the Lord of Lords. Everything we do, and everything we are, should be given up to Him. During the Triumphal Entry, the people bowed down as the Lord began His reign, and we must continue to bow down as He continues to reign in our lives.
The Lord knew, by the end of the week, that He would be sacrificed for our sins. The people of Jerusalem who were rejoicing at His entry would later see Him at the cross. Three days later, He will be resurrected. It is a time of joy and sorrow. We are joyful for God's grace and sorrowful for our sins that nailed Him to the cross. Through these events, the time for God's kingdom had come; a kingdom that continues to exist today. Often times, we look at the Gospels as events that happened 2000 years ago, but we must realize that the Gospels continue in our lives today. Take your place in the kingdom of heaven. Let the world know, each and every day, that you serve the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords.
"Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be." -John 12:25-26, NAB