"WHO IS THIS KING?" by Jacquelin Stoner

How big is your God?

Read: Mark 11:1-11

Reflect:  The crowning of Queen Elizabeth in 1953 was ground-breaking in that it was the first ever such event to be televised. It was watched by 27 million people in the UK alone and millions more in audiences around the world. In their living rooms people could witness the first coronation of the British family ever to appear on television. It was groundbreaking and a new queen was coming into her own.

We read about another ground-breaking event in Mark chapter 11. One might consider it to be a poor man’s version of a coronation. There are no jewels, no trumpets, no well-tuned choirs, no golden robes mentioned. There is a borrowed colt, second hand clothes being used as a saddle, cut down branches instead of a red carpet, and voices from the crowd shouting out “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David.” This was the coronation of the Servant King: Jesus.

Before and after the cries of the people celebrating Jesus came the word “hosanna” which is translated as: Rescue! Save! Intervene! The root word for hosanna and the root word for the name Jesus both mean "save."  It is ironic that the only savior the people were looking for was a political savior, one who would save them from the tyranny of the Romans. As a warmup to this event, Israel had witnessed many miracles of Jesus, among them being the dead being raised, the blind given sight, the crowds being fed, water being made into wine. The Jewish people had suffered for years under the occupation of Rome and many envisioned that this man would do them an even greater miracle - free them from political slavery. He was considered their political genie in a bottle; their ace up their sleeve.

The Jewish people had lost sight of who their real enemy was. The Romans were cruel and relentless taskmasters, but the Jewish people didn’t notice the true puppet master behind the scenes: Satan. The Apostle Paul recognizes this in Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Those were the forces that Jesus was going to conquer and Jesus was not going to be controlled by the whims of mankind.

Even Jesus’ own disciples, the ones who should have known better, were caught up in the temporal. It seems that whenever Jesus tried to tell the disciples what was going to happen, that they cut him off at the pass. The disciples instead engaged in repeated discussions over who was going to sit in the seats of honor in Jesus’ throne room. They could not understand that the Cross had to come before the Throne. At Jesus’ first coming, He came not to reign, but to die. This is the only way that the spiritual forces of darkness could ever be defeated so that we would have a Savior.

When people have their wishes dashed, they often turn cruel and nasty. In a few short days the adoring crowd turned their cries into cursings and hostile rejection. Jesus was not who they assumed He was. They wanted the one who would free them politically. They wanted the magician who would grant their wishes. Many followers of Jesus (including the disciples) would run in disillusionment, thinking they had placed their hopes in error. Jesus was not the genie in the bottle who would make them rich and happy and lead a victory against the Romans. Jesus was not the king they had imagined in their dark hearts. Jesus was the King chosen by the Eternal God to finally break the bondage of sin and to set the captives free. To this Messiah Savior comes the celebration of Psalm 24: 8 “Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.”

Apply: Have you ever considered Jesus your “ace in the hole”, the one who will sprinkle fairy dust to spar you from suffering? Or have you invited the suffering & risen Savior to set your heart free and to place you for eternity into His loving family. Which is better, to have the genie who can grant you three wishes, or the Omniscient Savior Who has died for the sins of the world in order to grant you new life? Which do you choose, the temporal or the eternal King of Glory? How big is your Savior? Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.”

Jacqui Stoner is a committed Christ follower has a great love of people, passion for communicating, and she treasures creativity. She is a Christian Life Coach, helping women navigate transitions https://leaningforwardwithjoy.com/ As you can tell, life is never boring with Jacqui. You can reach her at leaningforwardwithjoy@gmail.com