Sunday 28 March
Jesus is the humble, saving King
12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!'
‘Blessed is the king of Israel!’
14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written:
15 ‘Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt.'
16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realise that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him. 17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, ‘See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!’
That first Palm Sunday shows us that Jesus is a humble, saving King:
Humble - he rode in on a small donkey instead of a mighty horse.
Saving - people shouted 'Hosanna', which means 'Save us!'
King - this was the way that kings arrived into cities: in a big parade. So the people shouted, 'Blessed is the King of Israel!'
Why not make your own palm leaf here.
Jesus was fulfilling a promise in Zechariah 100s of years earlier that God's humble saving King would ride in on a donkey, and that this King would bring about peace and rescue.
Will you make Jesus the King of your life? It's easy to say the words or sing the songs (like the crowd did that day), but will you follow the King even when it's difficult? After all, the path Jesus took was about to get much harder, as we remember with Palm crosses.
Dear Father, we praise you for King Jesus. That he was both mighty and yet humble, and that he came to save us even though it meant going to the cross. Help us to follow him with our whole lives, Amen.