01 Apr Ride On! Ride On!
Palm Sunday is upon us, the day Jesus rode upon a donkey on the road leading to the entrance into Jerusalem. The road was lined with people treating Jesus as a king by laying palm branches and even their cloaks on the road before him.
The Jews had an appointed psalm to be read each day of the week in the temple. On the first day of the week, Sunday, the psalm read aloud in the temple was Psalm 24. The words of this Psalm were heard on the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on what we call, Palm Sunday. Here are the closing verses of thepsalm:
“Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle!
Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! (Ps. 24:7-10).
Imagine having this psalm read as Jesus entered into Jerusalem being treated as a king! Amazing; and yet, this king’s throne would be a cross, his crown would be composed of thorns, his glory would be to die for you and
me. The king of glory did enter into Jerusalem on that Palm Sunday, and he did battle against our sin, against death, and all that would condemn and harm us. He was victorious in battle as he spoke the words, “it is finished.” The tomb could not hold him, death could not keep its grip on him…He is the lamb slain for you and me that we might have forgiveness of our sin, deliverance from death, and life forever with him. May this Palm Sunday be especially full of gospel promises as we consider who Jesus is and all that he has done for us.
Ride on! ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die:
O Christ, thy triumphs now begin
O’er captive death and conquered sin.
Ride on, ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die.
Bow your meek head to mortal pain,
then take, O God, your pow’r and reign.
Hymn 441 LSB
-Pastor Darrin Sheek
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