Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hail to the Chief….The REAL Chief!

Hosanna to God in the highest! These were the cries from the crowd over 2000 years ago when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. These were the cries from the crowd that witnessed the miracle of life when Jesus resuscitated Lazarus who was in the grave for four days. At the same time Jesus was both the giver of life in Lazarus and the humble servant riding a lowly donkey. The world rejected this possibility solely because a “proper king” should ride a white horse into the city gates. A “proper king” should accept praises of other world leaders and pay homage to emperors. According to the world a “proper king” would never condescend to wash the slime from his follower’s feet! This is the image of king that our Lord offers us. Although God could have entered humanity as the All-Mighty, He chose to enter His own creation as a humble servant. Although He could have made a public scandal of Judas pretending to care for the poor, He chose to have compassion upon him.

Today our King, God Himself, in the form of a humble servant who has compassion on us in our weakest moments, enters to claim the throne of our hearts. Will our answer be the same as the cries of 2000 years ago? Will we call out to God, “All Hail! Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have Mercy on Me a Sinner! Enter the gates of my heart and be my King.”? In a world that enshrines such sins as greed, abortion, and same-sex marriage into the Law of the Land will we reject Jesus as our King and embrace world? Or will we reject the world and embrace Jesus Christ?

“Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself and enemy of God.” (James 4.4) 2000 years ago the world power rejected God and they do more and more today. This is our chance to stand up the world and “draw near to God and He will draw near to us.” (James 4.8)

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