Devotional, John, New Testament

Hosanna, blessed be the King of my life! (John 12:12-19)

The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” 14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, 15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” 16 His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. 17 The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. 18 The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”

John 12: 12-19 ESV

Many called this a triumphal entry of Jesus, and it was His last time entering Jerusalem before his crucifixion.   Jesus was welcomed and greeted by the crowd as a king.  He is the King!   A king who did not enter with a troop of army, but only came with a few fishermen and some lowly unlearned men.  A king who did not come to receive the glory of men, but to finish the will of the Father by being the sacrificial Passover Lamb. A king who did not come to judge, but to give his life as a ransom for many. A king who did not come to declare His kingdom on earth, but to proclaim His kingdom in heaven, and to bring many sons and daughters into glory.  A splendid King who chose to hide His glory, entered His city not riding on a war horse, but on a young donkey. The donkey was an animal of a man of peace, normally used by the ordinary, by a priest, a merchant or the like, and rarely used by a warlike person. It might also be used by a person of importance but in connection with peaceable purposes.  That was how Jesus, the King of Israel, entered His city – humbly, gently, and as a peacemaker.  

That was also how He entered our life, our heart – humbly and gently.  Though He is able and with every right, He did not conquer our heart with authority and power, but banner us with His amazing love and grace.  He also made his triumphal entry in our life with peace – the peace between God and men that only He, the true Prince of Peace, could bring.   He is the kind and gentle King!  May we receive Him and honor Him as the true King by worshiping Him, trusting and obeying Him.  He is worthy to reign in my heart.  May our life bring glory to our King. 

Hosanna, blessed be the King of our life! 

Hosanna, blessed be the King of my life! 

Dear Lord, You are the humble and gentle King that entered my life and my heart. Thank you for loving me and accepting me just the way I am. Help me to trust and obey you, and allow you to reign in my heart. May my life bring glory to You, my God, my King!

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