The King Is Coming!

“As he was drawing near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!'” – Luke 19 v37-38.

We are heading for Easter weekend. It starts with ‘Good Friday’. Someone asked why it was called ‘Good Friday’ when it was the day on which Jesus died in agony on the cross. The reply was “If you were condemned to death for all the wrongs you had ever done, and someone came forward and offered to take your place, for you that would be a good day! Following Good Friday comes Easter Sunday when we celebrate the resurrection. We celebrate the truth that Jesus rose from the dead.

Luke begins the Book of Acts by declaring that Jesus, after his death on the cross, presented himself alive to his disciples “by many infallible proofs”. Acts 1 v1-5. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians v15 that “If Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and our faith is also empty” verse 14. And in verse 17  “… if Christ has not risen then our faith is futile”. Praise God; Jesus died in our place. He bore the cost of all our mistakes, failures and shortcomings; summed up in one word – sins. That is why we can “rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” 1 Peter 1 v8.

However, let’s go back a few days to Luke 19 v37-38 to the day we now call ‘Palm Sunday’ almost one week before he was nailed to the cross. Luke tells us (Ch9 v51) that he “steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem”. Now he is at the end of the journey that led to the cross, and also, praise God, to his powerful resurrection. A lot happened on that journey, the raising of Lazarus was one of them. In the minds of the people, he was indeed the coming King. Crowds followed him and crowds came out to meet him. On that day the cross was in the future; now it is in the past. He is the resurrected ever living gloriously reigning King of Kings.

In Revelation 7 v9 John sees another great day when a great multitude stand worshipping the Lamb of God. They are clothed in white and waving palm branches, crying out with loud voices; “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb”.

Yes, the King is Coming; and every time we meet, our rejoicing and praises, are a rehearsal for that great day when he comes and we shall be “forever with the Lord” 1 Thessalonians 4 v17.

“You came from heaven to earth, to show the way
From the earth to the cross, my debt to pay
From the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky
Lord I lift your name on high”

Let’s Praise the Lord with our whole hearts this Easter season.

Be Blessed,

Eddie

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