John 12:12-13 – On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
I was reminded today that tomorrow is Palm Sunday! Traditionally speaking, it’s the day that we remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, where the people waved palm branches and cried, “Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord!”
I had one thought in my mind as I began this post, but then I believe the Holy Spirit gave me another path to take; so I will!
The following verses flowed into my spirit as I began writing this post: of course, in my thinking it is always appropriate to think of the King of Glory!
Psalm 24:7-10 -Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
But what I didn’t know, or remember, is that this psalm, these verses are directly connected to the triumphant entry of Jesus to Jerusalem!
I went back and read the entire psalm and then I had to go and read a commentary on it. It’s amazing how the Spirit of God leads us into all truth!
Anyway, the psalm begins with this amazing truth:
The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
Kingship is about dominion or land ownership. A kingdom is usually the land that the king rules over. In this verse, David proclaims that the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it; even the world and all the people that dwell in it!
David understood kingship. He understood that his reign was over Israel: the land and the people. So he had no misconceptions in his mind or heart when he proclaimed that the Lord was king over the world.
Then he prophetically states: “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors and the King of glory shall come in..” Now when I looked into this psalm, the commentator remarked that this psalm was recited by the priests on the first day of the week, so in essence, when the people were out in the streets with their palm branches shouting , “Hosanna,” the priests were in the temple shouting, “Lift up your heads O ye gates…that the King of Glory may come in!” And Jesus was entering through the gates of Jerusalem at that prophetic, God-divine appointed moment, when both the people and the priest were proclaiming Him King and announcing His entrance to Jerusalem! Amazing stuff!
Now we know historically, they didn’t know what they were saying and they later cried, “Crucify Him!” But the point of the matter is God’s timing is perfect timing!
Who is this King of Glory? The psalmist responds, “The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle!” Our King is not some weak, yellow-bellied, coward that was led to a rugged cross and had His life shortened by cruel Jews! No! He is the Lord strong and mighty, and mighty in battle! It took strength to lay down His life for us! It took strength to take the sins and diseases of the world on Himself! It took strength to be separated from the Father! It took strength to not call on the legions of angels He knew who would listen to His bidding! He was strong in the face of His greatest trial in order that I might be strong in the face of my greatest trials! Powerful stuff!
Who is this King of Glory? The Lord of hosts! The God of the angel armies! The One who is captain of the angelic beings! He is the King of Glory! His army isn’t an army of mere men! No way! His army is the angelic hosts that await in heavenly anticipation to do His bidding!
Over 2000 years ago, in the streets of Jerusalem, King Jesus, entered through the gates of Jerusalem as a humble King on a donkey. But He is not just that man! No! He is King of kings, and He is Lord of lords! He sits enthroned in the heavenlies at the right hand of the Father, waiting for the day when He will return for His Bride to establish His forever kingdom. A kingdom that has been growing in numbers, in strength, and in power since Calvary. A kingdom that cannot be shaken! A kingdom that cannot be stopped! A kingdom that cannot be overturned! A kingdom that cannot be destroyed! A kingdom that will last forever; because the King of Glory is the King! And He is strong and mighty and mighty in battle!
So we need to lift up our heads, church! We need to understand that prophetically and spiritually He came to lift us up. And as we allow the King of Glory to come into our situations as we allow Him into our lives, we cannot be defeated! Why not? Because the King of Glory will come in on our situations in our lives. The King who has a host of angels at His command who He sends to minister on our behalf!
This Palm Sunday, recognize the greatness of the truth that you have allowed the King of Glory into your heart and therefore you have the potential to win every battle that comes your way, for the One who is strong in battle is your King! Wonderful Jesus!