March 19: In Rides the King
The Sunday before Jesus died on the cross, He rode into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey, fulfilling a prophecy given by Zechariah. As the donkey descended from the edge of town into Jerusalem, the crowds went wild! They cherished His presence, laying down coats and palm branches, making a “red carpet entrance” for Him as He rode. They shouted, “Save us now!”, “Blessed be the One who comes in the name of the Lord!” and they called Him “the Son of David”.
All of these things showed their misunderstanding. Or, rather, their partial understanding of who He was. You see, the palm branches had been a symbol of Jewish nationalism for centuries. Although the Jews lived in Israel, the land God promised them, they were not self-governed and had not been since the Babylonian captivity. “Save us now” and “Blessed be…” are actually quotes from Psalm 118, a psalm about beating your enemies. And the name “Son of David” is in reference to the fact that Jesus was a descendant of King David through both Mary and Joseph. A physical King for a physical throne.
They thought He was riding into Jerusalem to start the revolution. To beat Rome. To give them freedom.
They didn’t understand.
The revolution He initiated that day was for their hearts, not their government. He came to beat the real enemy, Satan. And to grant them real freedom, the freedom from the fear of death because of the promise of eternal life. He didn’t just ride in that day for them. He was also riding for us. But they didn’t understand.
Which caused that same triumphant crowd to become a murderous mob just a few days later. God had a bigger plan in mind than they could comprehend. And they turned on Him because of it.
Do you trust God with His plans for your life? Even when they are the opposite of what you think He should do?
A cross on a hill proves His love for you – and that you can trust Him completely.
Adoration: God has a master plan! Praise Him for that – and that one day, Jesus will ride in to this world again, but this time as the conquering King. Consider praying back to Him these words from Revelation 5:13 (NLT), where John says, “…I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang: “Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.”
Confession: Tell God the areas where you do not trust His plan for your life. Commit to trusting Him even when His plan seems to be the opposite of what you need or want.
Thanksgiving: Thank God for the fact that Jesus will one day return like this: “And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who was riding it is called Faithful and True (trustworthy, loyal, incorruptible, steady), and in righteousness He judges and wages war [on the rebellious nations]…He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God…And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name inscribed, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:11-16 (AMP)
Supplication: Pray for those in authority in your life, from your boss all the way up to the President. Ask God to help each of them to come under His authority, recognizing Him as the Ruler of All and living accordingly.