Sunday, April 17, 2011

Jesus Christ, Redeemer King - April 15, 2011

Isaiah 62:11 (New International Version, ©2011)

11 The LORD has made proclamation
to the ends of the earth:
“Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your Savior comes!
See, his reward is with him,
and his recompense accompanies him.’”

Zechariah 9:9 (New International Version, ©2011)
9 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.

Matthew 21:1-11 (New International Version, ©2011)
1 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.”

Today marks what has been called for almost 2000 years, Palm Sunday. It mark Jesus Christ's entry into the city of Jerusalem, where He would be ultimately wrongfully arrested, illegally tried, and executed on a wooden cross, taking the place of a murderer, and ultimately taking our place.

He enters being hailed as Messiah and king, only to be treated as the lowliest of creatures. For what? Why would the king prophesied in the Scriptures over hundreds of years surrender Himself to be a lowly sacrifice? Why would our God and King do such a thing? Why would He do this for you and me?

As we enter to this holy and most important week, refect on why Jesus had to go through this upcoming week for you. Reflect, confess, and surrender. He is giving Himself to lift the burden of eternal death from us. He is doing this out of love for us!

Photo "A Donkey" by mzacha, 5-8-2007, from stock.xchng

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