Yesterday, the Church celebrated Palm Sunday. It was the day of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. The people laid palm branches before him. They shouted hosannas with joy and raised a ruckus. What a great celebration!
But in less than a week, Jesus would be put on trial and crucified. Why was he put on trial? He was accused of claiming to be a king.
And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.” (Luke 23:2, ESV)
Before Jesus was crucified, they put a crown of thorns on his head to mock him for the claim that he was a king (John 19:2). The inscription over the cross read, King of the Jews (see Luke 23:38). Pontius Pilate, the religious leaders, and others did not consider Jesus to be a king. But he would show that he was the rightful king most deserving of our worship when he would rise from the dead on Easter Sunday.
Today, Jesus still stands on trial. Is he or is he not the king of your heart? With every word you speak you either affirm or deny his lordship. With every action you take, it is the same. What does the life you lead say about the lordship of Jesus?
It is easy to join with the church and sing Hosanna on Palm Sunday. It is much different to affirm the kingship of Christ through the challenges in life. But that is where Christ is indeed most honored.
- How will you honor Jesus as king this week?
- How will you submit to his lordship?
- How will you worship and celebrate Jesus as king?