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Sun, Apr 14, 2019

Presentation of Jesus as King

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Today is Palm Sunday, the day on which we commemorate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. The real purpose of Jesus in riding into Jerusalem was to make public His claim to be the Messiah and King of Israel in fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy.
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Today is Palm Sunday, the day on which we commemorate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. The real purpose of Jesus in riding into Jerusalem was to make public His claim to be the Messiah and King of Israel in fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy.

What, then, are some of the lessons that we can learn from this event?  First, Palm Sunday reminds us that good planning is a pre-requisite for success in any endeavour (Matt. 21:1-2). Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem was in fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9. But we learn from it that in spite of His divine ancestry and the miraculous ability that He demonstrated on many occasions, Jesus meticulously planned His grand entry into Jerusalem. Second, Palm Sunday reminds us that Jesus is our King (Matthew 21:3).

The word "Lord" is equivalent to "Jehovah" or “the King” or “the Messiah." But, what else does the Bible say about Jesus, the King? One, He is the Ruler of the Kings of the earth (Rev. 1:5). Christ is the ruler of all the earth. He has been there in power even before we were born and will continue to be in power after we all die. He has been a faithful witness of changes in governments in various countries. Two, He is the Lord of lords and the King of kings (Rev. 17:14). Jesus is the King of all the Kings of this earth even if they don't presently recognize Him as King, and wage war against Him.

But someday, they will all be defeated and will bow down and give their respect to Him. Three, He is the Mighty and Awesome God (Deuteronomy 10:17). Christ as King shows no partiality and he accepts no bribes. Four, He is the Blessed and only Ruler (1 Timothy 6:15— "15 which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords"). Therefore, we have to be reminded that only Christ is King of all the earth. Third, Palm Sunday reminds us that God has the power to fulfill all that He has promised in His Word (Matt. 21:4-5).

The word "fulfill" means all the words of the prophecies have been accomplished or brought to completion in Christ that day. What the prophets foretold has become a reality in Christ. The disciples however did not know at that time that they were fulfilling prophecy or having any such purpose in mind. They were just obeying Christ. Fourth, Palm Sunday reminds us that the believer’s obedience is necessary for the fulfillment of all that God has promised (Matt. 21:6). The words "went and did" are wonderful words of obedience to Christ which we need to apply.

They simply obeyed the order, not yet knowing the impact they are doing for future generations ahead. And that is what Christ desires from all of us. Obedience should come from our heart. We obey because we love Him. We obey because we adore Him. We obey because he deserves our loyalty. Obedience therefore is the duty of every believer in Christ. Once we recognize Him as King, our action is complete obedience and submission to His Lordship. Fifth, Palm Sunday reminds us that we have to receive Jesus, our King, with humble enthusiasm (Matt. 21:7).

Notice what the disciples did in obedience to Christ's command. They stripped off their heavy outer garments and put them as trappings on the two beasts (the donkey and the colt), not knowing on which their Master meant to ride. It was an expression of their humble submission to the Lord's plan. It was also a sign of respect and paying homage to their King. The crowd that saw what the disciples did was also motivated to do the same thing. They spread their garments as well on the road fired with enthusiasm and excitement.

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