Palm Sunday: Powerful and Peaceful, Mighty and Meek

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For years Jesus had stealthily revealed His identity, quietly, to a few people.  He spoke in riddles, making sure that He got His message across without making it obvious.  Even when He healed people or otherwise gave a glimpse of his divinity He often asked them to keep His identity quiet.  “It isn’t the time yet,” He kept telling them.

Now the time had come!

Jesus was riding a wave of momentum into the holy Passover week.  He had just raised Lazarus from the dead before an amazed crowd of witnesses.  His ministry had reached a crescendo, just as the roads to Jerusalem swelled with 100,000 pilgrims, many of them from His home area where He had been ministering and teaching.  These were His people, and they were filled with pent up excitement.  Could this be the year?!?  Would this be the year that the new Moses led them out of their Roman slavery?  When the new Elijah overthrew the prophets of evil?  When the new David took possession of Israel’s throne?

This time Jesus didn’t tell the crowds to be quiet.  This was their moment to see Him for Who He really was!

But even now, Jesus defies the stereotypes and keeps us guessing.  Instead of taking on the persona of a commanding king, galloping on a war horse up the temple mount, He rode in slowly on a gentle donkey.  Quiet, meek, gentle.  And yet, He was no wimp.  The next day finds him wielding a horse whip in the temple and shouting down the merchants who have crowded the Gentiles out of their area of worship.  There was no doubt who was in command on that day!

So that is the God we worship on Palm Sunday.  The personification of power and peace.  Mighty and meek.  God and man.  Servant leader.  Jesus! 

Hallelujah! Blessed is The One who comes in the Name of the Lord!

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 Verses:

Zechariah 9:9  (NIV) 

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
    Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
    righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

 Psalm 118  (NLT)

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.

Let all Israel repeat:
“His faithful love endures forever.”
Let Aaron’s descendants, the priests, repeat:
“His faithful love endures forever.”
Let all who fear the Lord repeat:
“His faithful love endures forever.”

In my distress I prayed to the Lord,
and the Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?
Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me.
I will look in triumph at those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in people.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.

10 Though hostile nations surrounded me,
I destroyed them all with the authority of the Lord.
11 Yes, they surrounded and attacked me,
but I destroyed them all with the authority of the Lord.
12 They swarmed around me like bees;
they blazed against me like a crackling fire.
But I destroyed them all with the authority of the Lord.
13 My enemies did their best to kill me,
but the Lord rescued me.
14 The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has given me victory.
15 Songs of joy and victory are sung in the camp of the godly.
The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things!
16 The strong right arm of the Lord is raised in triumph.
The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things!
17 I will not die; instead, I will live
to tell what the Lord has done.
18 The Lord has punished me severely,
but he did not let me die.

19 Open for me the gates where the righteous enter,
and I will go in and thank the Lord.
20 These gates lead to the presence of the Lord,
and the godly enter there.
21 I thank you for answering my prayer
and giving me victory!

22 The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing,
and it is wonderful to see.
24 This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Please, Lord, please save us.
    Please, Lord, please give us success.
26 Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
    We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God, shining upon us.
Take the sacrifice and bind it with cords on the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise you!
You are my God, and I will exalt you!

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.

 

Revelation 19:11-16  (NIV)

 11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

King of kings and Lord of lords

 

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