Todays Cliff Notes is a Guest Post by Peter Coelho, Associate Pastor
Dear Christ Church,
This Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. With Palm Sunday the church remembers Jesus’ “Triumphal Entry” into Jerusalem and enters more fully into his Passion. Alongside Christmas and Pentecost this next week, leading to Easter Sunday, marks a summit in the church’s life together. We celebrate and proclaim together Jesus’ identity as the triumphant king, and the climax of his ministry, his death and resurrection.
In Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, written about in Matthew 21:1-11, Luke 19:28-40, and John 12:12-19, his identity as the true king, a king worth following, is made clear. Even as the crowds chant his praises Jesus enters humbly, mounted on a beast of burden. Even as his identity as king is celebrated, Jesus is not a taken with his own glory. We follow a king who does not hold himself far above or removed from us. Jesus enters in to the midst of our city and our lives, humbly, offering himself as king in way that invites our allegiance.
This Palm Sunday we celebrate Jesus as a triumphant king, even as we anticipate the sacrifice that triumph requires on Good Friday, a sacrifice only made possible by his humility and obedience to the Father. Jesus’ identity as the triumphant king is only fully revealed through his death on the cross, and it proves he’s worthy to be followed. He is the one we celebrate this week.
Here comes the King! Here comes the King worth following! Hosanna!