Dear Church Family,
On Sunday we celebrated Palm Sunday when Jesus arrived in Jerusalem. If you missed it you can listen to the sermon here. The crowd laid down palms and the cloaks off their back for Jesus as he rode a donkey.
Before entering the city, Jesus tells his disciples to go to a neighboring village where they will immediately find a donkey tied with her colt. The disciples were to untie the donkey and if anyone tried to stop them from doing so Jesus commanded them to simply say: “The Lord needs them.” This statement would be enough explanation for anyone who tried to question the disciples.
Here Jesus acts like a king utilizing the property of his subjects because Jesus is the king. In his gospel, Matthew wants to make it clear that Jesus is about to demonstrate his royal status not just to his disciples, but to all of Jerusalem and the world. What awaits him in Jerusalem is not a throne, however, but a cross. Not a following of loyal and devout subjects, but people who would declare him the Messiah on Monday and then shout “Crucify Him!” on Friday. Jesus is unlike any earthly king in that he does not demonstrate his power with wealth or military conquests. He demonstrates his sovereignty by uplifting the poor, befriending the outcast, by suffering and finally by dying for his people.
It’s difficult for us to think about Jesus as a king. We tend to refer to him more as our friend and savior. This is of course true, but when we forget that Jesus is also King and Lord not just of our lives, but also over all of creation we lose sight of how Jesus works in the world. Jesus as we speak is executing his redeeming work in all of us, and in the world. This is not always easy to spot, however, as the darkness of sin and therefore the presence of brokenness still exists in us and in all of creation. It’s easy to forget that God as Jesus Christ defeated sin at its core when he defeated death on Easter Sunday. But he did and by doing so we have the assurance that brokenness never has the final say. For our most darkest and disappointing times in our lives may not see this as clearly as we will when Christ returns, but just because we can’t see God at work doesn’t mean he isn’t. As the one true king he is sovereign over all the powers of this world including sin and brokenness. His power knows no bounds and has no limits. He works in us even when we choose not to believe in or trust him. Thank goodness he does not wait for us to be faithful in order to demonstrate his faithfulness.
To say that Jesus is the one true King is to trust in his promises and his faithfulness even when we might not be able to see it. This Holy Week and every week we have the opportunity to welcome and declare Jesus as King over our lives and over the world. By doing so we rest in his promises and are comforted by his faithfulness.
Doing my best to follow the one true King alongside you,
Kristine Aragon Bruce