MONDAY: Passion Week 2012

RECOGNIZING JESUS AS LORD

Luke 19:28-40 – After He had said these things, He was going on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When He approached Bethphage and Bethany, near the mount that is called Olivet, He sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you; there, as you enter, you will find a colt tied on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of it.’” So those who were sent went away and found it just as He had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They said, “The Lord has need of it.” They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus on it. As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road. As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, shouting:

“BLESSED IS THE KING WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD;
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”

The moment has come. The road has led us to Jesus’ destination. As the Passion Week begins and He prepares to enter Jerusalem, He sends two disciples ahead to procure a colt. The coming King enters the sacred city on a humble colt. Why would the coming King of Kings and Lord of Lords not sweep into the city upon a huge, muscular, white warhorse? Because this is a different kind of King.

The Old Testament prophet Zechariah, led by God’s Spirit, told us what kind of King and Lord would come:

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
~ Zechariah 9:9

The King has come! Will you recognize Jesus as King and Lord of your life? There is a Creator King who has designed a better way to live. And the road to the cross-centered life begins here.

Questions for Reflection & Prayer

What does it mean in my life to recognize and see Jesus as King and Lord?

Do I truly believe that He offers a better way to live? Why?

 

LORD JESUS, today I recognize that You are my King. I thank You for Your humble strength. I thank You for offering me a better way to live as You lead and guide me. Jesus, help and empower me to be one that truly shouts, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.” As I recognize You as King, might Your peace sustain me and might Your glory fuel me. In Your Holy Name, Amen.

 

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