On Palm Sunday Jesus came into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey, accompanied by his disciples, to fulfill the prophecy found in Zechariah 9:9. The people of Jerusalem lined the road leading into Jerusalem, waving Palm Branches and laying their cloaks on the road before Jesus as a first century red carpet ride. They shouted "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" They proclaimed him their King, but they did not understand the significance of Jesus' kingship. If they understood the significance of Jesus coming as King to Jerusalem, they would not have proclaimed Jesus King on Sunday and shouted "Crucify him!" on Friday.
It's important for us to understand what it means for Jesus to be our King today - because that's exactly who he is. Jesus is King because he is God. He is the creator of everything there is - if he made it, it's his. By the way, that's true for us too - if Jesus made us, then we are his. Jesus is King because he's already been declared King in heaven and we will spend eternity under his rule. Jesus is King because all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him by God the Father. We tragically underestimate Jesus if we don't understand that he is our King.
But Jesus is not like any other king. Kings tend to be proud, but Jesus is humble. Kings tend to hold on tightly to their power and authority, but Jesus gave up everything (including his life) to come to earth to save his people. Most kings don't care personally for their people, but Jesus loves us and wants to have a personal relationship (friendship) with us. Most kings are interested in enriching themselves, but Jesus came to enrich us and give us life, an abundant and full life now and eternal life in heaven. There is no other King like Jesus.
The question for us, will we acknowledge Jesus as King in our lives? Very similar to the word "King" in the Bible is the word "Lord." Jesus Christ is our King, he is our Lord. He expects that we will let him rule in our lives. We will obey his commandments and do what he instructs us to do. When we make decisions, we align our decisions with the values of our King. Jesus as King has a right to expect his people to serve him. He has a right to expect the financial support of his people and not just leftovers. As King, Jesus has a right to ask us to give our lives for the cause, to "take up our cross daily and follow him." (Luke 9:23). Consider what it means that Jesus is your King.
If you want to know more about Jesus is your King, come worship with us on Sunday, April 14th at Church on The Hill in Riverside. Our Sunday services are a 9:00 a.m. (traditional) and 10:45 a.m. (contemporary).