Friday, March 22, 2013


Triumphal Entry - Nicolas Fontaine
 Pitts Digital Theology Library

Triumphal Entry - Nicolas Fontaine
TODAY’S SPECIAL: Luke 19:28-48

TO CHEW ON: “Then as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.’” Luke 19:37-38

Imagine being part of this crowd, cheering the arrival of your king. Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem on a donkey was well understood by the Jewish people. They recognized Him as their long-anticipated Messiah. Their shout, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord” was from prophetic Psalm 118 (Psalm 118:26).

The second part of their welcome, “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest" sounds familiar too. It's the praise of the angels as they announced Jesus' birth to the shepherds (Luke 2:14).

There is another coming. It hasn’t happened yet. Two men “in white apparel” (angels? prophets or patriarchs in a heavenly form?) predicted it the day Jesus’ ascended into heaven: “This same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” Acts 1:11.

Are we expecting His return as some were looking for His first coming (Luke 2:24-32)?  Are we awake and alert, scanning the horizon for signs that it may be soon (Matthew 25:13; 24:3-14)? Do we love the thought of His return  to the extent we would celebrate it as the crowds celebrated His entry into Jerusalem on the day we call Palm Sunday (2 Timothy 4:8)? Am I ready? Are you?

PRAYER: Dear Jesus, help me to be ready for Your return, should You come again before I die. Even so come Lord Jesus. Amen.

MORE: “Jesus is Coming Soon” sung by the Oakridge Boys


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