Scripture: John 18:33-36, Rev. 11:15-17
Hymn: Prepare the Royal Highway
When Jesus came to Jerusalem the week before he died, crowds of people gathered to see him riding in on a donkey. They waved palm branches and shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” They thought he had come to Jerusalem that day to become the king of Israel, because hundreds of years before, God had promised David that one of his sons would always sit on the throne. Years had passed and the people of Israel had suffered. They were ruled by kings they did not love and they waited year after year for a king of their own. It seemed like Jesus had finally come to end their waiting. But when Jesus was taken away by soldiers and led to Pilate, Pilate asked him: “Are you the King of the Jews” Jesus said yes, but he told Pilate: “My kingdom is not of this world.” Then Pilate ordered that Jesus be nailed to a cross and he wrote a sign to put on the cross: “This is the king of the Jews.” All the people were disappointed. They thought Jesus wasn’t the king after all. They didn’t understand that he would soon be exalted to God’s right hand. There he would be King of the whole world, and as God had promised, one of David’s sons would sit on the throne forever. Jesus rules all the world, and he rules each one of us. He subdues us to himself, he defends us from Satan’s evil, he rules over us graciously with kindness and love, and one day he will come again to judge the whole world—the living and the dead. Then we will see him—the whole world will see him—sitting on his throne in heaven.
Lord Jesus, you are the King of kings and the Lord of lords. The whole world belongs to you. We praise you. We bless you. We worship you. We glorify you. We give thanks to you because of your great glory. We bow before you. Rule in our hearts by your Spirit, and bring your kingdom to come on earth, we pray. Amen.