This was originally posted on Palm Sunday of 2013
“Tell the people of Jerusalem,
‘Look, your King is coming to you.
He is humble, riding on a donkey—
riding on a donkey’s colt.’”
Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD! Praise God in highest heaven!” The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked. And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” – Matthew 21:5, 9-10
Today, we are celebrating Jesus coming into the world. Not the time when Christ was born, but when he entered Jerusalem as a victorious King. This too is what we call incarnation, or God coming in human form to be with us. Here God enters the world of the seven sins. He is the one who was and is still victorious over sin. It is through Him that people are able to choose God.
The response of the world is one of rejoicing, which is appropriate for a King. When thinking on Isaiah 42, we see that this is the one whom the prophet talked about. He is the one God has honored. We have looked at Philippians 2 and we have been seen how Christ lowered himself. We now are entering the time where we will begin to anticipate Him being lifted up. God has come victorious over Sin. And though we struggle, we must keep our focus on the one who has been victorious and enables us to be victorious.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names, – Philippians 2:9
Are you struggling with any of the 7 deadly sins? Are you willing to look to the one who was victorious over sin and death? Are you willing to follow him?
“Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen” -BCP