Posted by: pastortomvabeach | March 24, 2015

Thought For The Week March 29, 2015

This Sunday we remember the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey in fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9).

The Bible tells us that Jesus actually set up this entrance by telling his disciples to get the donkey for Him, telling the owner that the Lord needs him. If you think about it, this is may be the only time that Jesus overtly told everyone who could see and everyone who would hear about it that He was the One foretold by Zechariah, the prophesied King, the Messiah. Yet the manner of His arrival should have indicated that He was not coming, as most of the people supposed, to take over power from the Romans and set up a new kingdom of Israel. Conquering kings usually show up on horseback with swords and armies following. Jesus came, as Zechariah said, humbly riding on a donkey.

Despite the way He came, the crowds came out and proclaimed Him to be the One they had waited for so long. Matthew records, A very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9-10). The crowds enthusiastically greeted Jesus as the offspring of David, the long awaited Messiah. Hosanna is a word that means “Save us” or Save us now!”

Luke records that some of the Pharisees, who were students of God’s Word and very proper about how they kept His Word, must have been indignant about what the people were saying about Jesus and told Jesus that He should rebuke those who were praising Him in such a manner. Jesus replied to them, I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out. (Luke 19:40).

There is only one person who could make that claim because He is the One who created the stones and everything else. All creation proclaims His glory as the Psalmist said: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork (Psalm 19:1); Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills be joyful together before the LORD, for He is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, and the peoples with equity (Psalm 98:8-9). If we don’t give Him the glory due unto His name, we can rest assured that He will receive that glory as all creation praises and exalts Him.

We call this day Palm Sunday because the crowds cut down palm branches to pave the way for Jesus to enter Jerusalem. They also waved the branches in the air as a kind of wave offering of praise. What if we took that example and made this week between Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday a week of praise? As we remember the events leading up to Jesus rising from the dead, shouldn’t that elicit a song of joy and exaltation rising up from within our hearts? He came to save us from our sins and we know that He did it! He is victorious and we have been redeemed. What better reason to give Him praise!

So, if you’re with me, let’s make our devotional times this week a time where we can join with the crowds that first Palm Sunday and welcome Jesus. Make your prayer time praise time. Sing and rejoice. Your King is here. He truly reigns in a kingdom of peace, joy, and rest that will last forever. And we get to be part of that. Hallelujah! The King is come! Just a thought.

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