Sunday, March 28, 2010

Lord’s Day Meditation -- Palm Sunday

The story of Jesus' grand, though surprising, entry into Jerusalem is an object lesson in the mismatch between our expectations and God's answer. The bad news is that the crowds are going to be disappointed. But the good news is that their disappointment is at the surface level. Deep down, Jesus' arrival at the great city is indeed the moment when salvation is dawning. The "Hosannas" were justified, though not for the reasons they had supposed. To learn this lesson is to take a large step towards wisdom and humility, and towards genuine Christian faith.

Jesus is the King of kings. He not only rules over all His and our enemies, He also rules over us. And so, as we praise the triumphant King, we must also bow the knee. He must first be enthroned on a pagan cross; and we must first go with Him there—the cross before the crown.

All glory, laud and honor,
To Thee, Redeemer, King,
To Whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.

Thou art the King of Israel,
Thou David's royal Son,
Who in the Lord's Name comest,
The King and Bless├Ęd One.

The company of angels
Are praising Thee on High,
And mortal men and all things
Created make reply.

The people of the Hebrews
With palms before Thee went;
Our prayer and praise and anthems
Before Thee we present.

To Thee, before Thy passion,
They sang their hymns of praise;
To Thee, now high exalted,
Our melody we raise.

Thou didst accept their praises;
Accept the prayers we bring,
Who in all good delightest,
Thou good and gracious King.

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