19 March 2016

CELEBRATE OUR HUMBLE KING!

PALM SUNDAY
luke 19:28-40; isaiah 50:4-7; philippians 2:6-11; luke 22:14—23:56

in the movie «the lion king,» young simba sings «i just can’t wait to be king.» he wants to be free so that there’s no one saying «do this,» no one saying «be there;» no one saying «stop that,» no one saying «see here.» he wants to be «free to run around all day, free to do it all my way.»


the people of jerusalem were like simba. they just could not wait for JESUS to be king, and for a similar reason – they wanted to be free from foreign rule.
their king comes… 

… but JESUS is not the mighty king they envisioned; he is not the conquering military hero they expected. 
he is the «suffering servant of yahweh,» whose mission is to encourage, console and liberate the weary. 
he, though he was the son of GOD, did not cling to his privileges but humbled himself and became obedient unto a shameful death on a cross. 
despite his suffering [he is deserted by his chosen friends, betrayed with a friend’s kiss, and disowned thrice by his right hand man; he is kicked around like a political football, flogged to pacify a politician’s conscience, and handed to the mob because of political cowardice], JESUS is selflessly merciful: he is worried about the women that follow him to calvary; justifies to the father the ones that are crucifying him, asks forgiveness for them; and promises the repentant thief a place with him in heaven.

today’s liturgy places before me two models of kingship: the people’s vision of seeking power to be able to do one’s will; JESUS’ way of humility, self-emptying and loving service. 
which model of power do i choose?