Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty; the Lord, invincible in battle. Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. Who is the King of glory? The Lord of Heaven’s Armies—he is the King of glory. Psalm 24:7-10
On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” John 7:37-38
Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords. Revelation 19:11-16
And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. Revelation 21:5-7
We have just passed the Sunday before Easter which is commonly referred to as Palm Sunday. The event that is the focal point of Palm Sunday is Christ's entrance into Jerusalem. Jesus has been to Jerusalem on many occasions but this time it will culminate in his death, burial, and resurrection. Christ's arrival at Jerusalem is often called his "Triumphal Entry" and we will look more closely at the detail of this event throughout the coming week. The Bible speaks of Jesus as "King" and yet what is about to happen in Jerusalem has to do instead with Jesus being the "Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world." Jesus comes to Jerusalem to fulfill his role as Savior and yet he is honored for his role as "King" as he enters into the City. Christ's roles of Savior and King are marvously connected and today we begin looking at some of those connections.
Initially today's devotional just had the first two passages above. It seemed necessary to add the two passages from Revelation to show the connections adequately. But covering all that is contained in these four passages would make for a very lengthy devotional. So, read through them again and give particular attention to the parts that are highlighted. Keep in mind that Psalm 24 was written long before the triumphal entry, John 7 was earlier in Jesus' ministry while here on earth but not very long before, and the Revelation passages were written toward the end of the first century but depict things that are yet to come. So, while the event of Palm Sunday alludes to Jesus as a reigning king, the gates of Jerusalem are not open for Jesus to enter in as the king of glory. Someday he will sit on the throne of the new Jerusalem as King, but it will be because in his second coming to earth with the armies of heaven, he prevails over those who oppose him and becomes King of kings and Lord of lords.
Here is the first thought that will help us launch into our week of Devotions: Jesus must do what it takes to become the Savior before he can do what it takes to become King. Here is the second thought: the centerpiece of all that Jesus is and does is his desire to be the source of living water for those who are thirsty. He does this for all who personally welcome him in as Savior and King of their hearts and lives and this makes all the difference. What Jesus will yet do on a global scale (his kingdom on earth) as Savior and King is important, but there is nothing more important than the kingdom of our hearts and his living water filling us up to overflowing.
Lord, thank you for coming to be the Savior of the World. Thank for the blessed hope of your return as King of kings and Lord of lords. Help us to allow you to fulfill your roles of both Savior and Lord in our hearts and lives more fully and completely than ever before. In worship and surrender we bow before you Lord.
Posted on Mon, March 30, 2015
by Ken Hart