The King

Steve Macchia

READ : John 12:1-15

Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel! (v. 13 NIV)

Imagine the curiosity of the people who went to look at Jesus and Lazarus, the man whom he had raised from the dead. Who wouldn’t want to see such a spectacle? Is it any wonder, therefore, that the growing crowd who had gathered for the Passover Feast the very next day would take palm branches and meet Jesus with shouts of “Hosanna!”

For this short-lived moment, the crowds had indeed thought they had encountered their king. As Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey and cheered on by the crowd, the Pharisees watched with horror at what seemed like the whole world going after him!

Mary had it right all along. In John 12:3 we see her pouring out a pint of expensive perfume on the feet of Jesus. The whole house was filled with the wonderful fragrance. Despite the disgust of Judas, everyone else must have enjoyed the aroma of his divine presence.

His kingly rule is for our hearts forever, not for the stirring up of a temporary enthusiasm that only lasts a moment. Worship the King in all his splendor. Begin by pouring out all that you have at his feet. He will wipe away all of your tears.

PRAYER

Lord, help me to build your kingdom today, beginning in my heart.