The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ The King of Israel!” (John 12:12-13)
As crowds gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover feast, they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. They went out to meet Him. The multitude shouted, “Hosanna!”, which means “save, I pray” (Psa 118:25). They welcomed Him as their king and savior. They took palm branches, which were symbols of victory among the Jews. They followed Him and cried out with shouts of praise. What a glorious and joyful moment it was for His triumphal entry into Jerusalem!
“Which he will display at the proper time–he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.” (1Tim 6:15 ESV)
Jesus Christ is sovereign. His birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension prove that He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He shoulders the responsibility of governing the people, and His rule extends into human hearts. The titles He bears characterize this new kingdom of Jesus’ dominion. He will be called “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”.
Praise be to the Lord our God, who is the King of kings and Lord of lords.
For most of us living in the western world and even in the increasingly secularized parts of the world in Asia, we have this thinking that there is no one above us. So we do not know what it is like to have someone be our ruler. Even in the UK there is a queen, but people treat her as a representation of the country rather than someone to whom they swear allegiance. Those who do become part of the nation may make an oath, but the majority of the time, such swearing is not taken too seriously after receiving citizenship. Most do what is right in their own eyes (cf. Judg 21:25) and at most conform to the law to avoid getting penalized or expelled. Aside from the minimal conformity, few would live life revolving around an individual in power.
When we apply this to our faith, it is a revelation. On closer examination, we may discover that there is a discrepancy between what we believe and how we live. Continue reading