Pastor’s Corner – The King’s Coronation
Palm Sunday is here. This weekend we will celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The entry reads like the coronation of a King. Kingly coronations and parades/processions are linked throughout history like peas and carrots. On May 6th of this year there will be a new King over the United Kingdom. If you look at the plans for that day, before the ceremony there will be a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey named “The King’s Procession”. After the Ceremony there will be another procession, this one from Westminster Abbey back to Buckingham Palace. This procession is called “The Coronation Procession”. That is two parades in one day!
This was no different in Jesus’ day. The tradition of the Hebrew people, from the time of their first King Saul, has been attached to a donkey. The image this gives is of a Servant King who is there for the people he serves. At times a king would ride a war horse to symbolize the fight against Israel’s enemies but, even then, the king should remain in service to God and God’s people.
As Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey the people worked into a frenzy. For centuries the oppression of Roman leadership and other outside nations had held political control over Jerusalem and the nation of Israel. Was Jesus the long promised Messiah that would lead them to victory over their oppressors? Would Jesus establish the Kingdom of God once again by putting a descendant of King David on the political throne? The people seemed to think so.
Jesus rode into town on that donkey and the people believed He would deliver them form political oppression. Jesus did deliver them, just not the way they wanted Him to.
Jesus as King was not about political reform or the establishment of an earthly kingdom. Jesus as King established the Kingdom of God on earth. A Kingdom of repentance and forgiveness. Wen Jesus is on the throne of your life it doesn’t matter who is on the throne of the government.
Even to this day the self-proclaimed people of God would prefer political power and worldly wealth. We would prefer a King who rode in on a white stallion or a powerful chariot. We would prefer laws that would control our land and make it a safe and prosperous place to live. Even to this day we miss the Messiah in the desires of our flesh.
“Seek first the Kingdom of God.” “Love the Lord your God with all your Heart Soul Mind and Strength.” When we seek God first. When Jesus is on the Throne of our life, and we live for Him. All these other issues tend to fade into the back. What good is it for the world to take all my possessions or even my life when I have eternal life and treasures stored in Heaven?
The ability to “Have no other gods” is not possible on our own. The daily battle we have with our own flesh and the world proves too much and overwhelms us. We are not alone. We have a Savior, a King who has come to save, a King of Kings and Lord of Lords, our Messiah. He comes to you riding a donkey in peace and forgiveness, hope and redemption. Even after He comes to us and we crucify Him in the sin of pride and worldliness, He remains with us.
Jesus establishes His throne in our hearts and minds. He awakens our spirit from fear and death with His Holy Spirit. He unites us together in a Kingdom of believers that reigns now and will reign forever. It may not look like much at times, but it is in fact the Power of Salvation for All who believe.
Join us this weekend as we remember the triumphal entry of Jesus and throughout this Holy Week. Each service is unique and leads us on the journey to live as God’s chosen people in a kingdom under our King who sits on the throne forever.
His servant and yours,
Pastor Erik Gauss
Scripture Readings for Sunday, April 2, 2023
1 Peter 5:6-11; John 12:12-19; Matthew 6:9-13