March 24, 2013

“And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!'” – Mark 11:9 ESV

Just imagine what it must have been like to be there as Jesus entered Jerusalem on the day of Passover. The people lined the streets waving palm branches and crying, “Blessed is the King Who comes in the name of the Lord!” Crowds of people gathered and praised Him. They rejoiced in His powers of healing, in the miracles He had performed; His popularity was at its height.

But the Pharisees were not happy. “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples,” they complained.  Notice that they did not call Jesus King, but teacher. To them, Jesus was no greater than any other teacher. More importantly, however, the Pharisees saw Jesus as a threat to their power and authority. And that – they would not allow.

Is it any different today? As some celebrate the majesty of our King Jesus, there are those who would like to silence our voices of praise and exultation.

There are those today who would like to still our voices; they’d like us to go away, blend in, remain silent. There are those who scoff and see Jesus as no greater than any other religious leader. There are even those who claim to follow Jesus, but the moment crisis hits, they flee from faith. Which one are you?

Those of us who know Jesus as Savior and Lord cannot be silenced by a few who would criticize or doubt us. We stand in faith to the One who was victorious at the cross. We do not run away or cower in the face of difficulty and impending doom. Rather, we want so badly for the world to know that Jesus Christ is King – that others would experience the peace,  acceptance, and forgiveness that no other can give.

Jesus offers a freedom we won’t find anywhere else. He offers a Kingdom, no other can create. So, let us lift our voices up and praise His holy name!