I was reading about King Jesus this morning. It was the story from Matthew 21:1-11 about the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Throughout Jesus’ ministry he proved through miracles, and his demonstration of power over death, that he was the Son of God. The people were excited that day, because they finally had someone to believe in. Jesus had the ability to liberate them from their oppressors. He had the authority to exalt them above their enemies. The people finally had a King.
But when Jesus came riding into town he didn’t quite behave as expected. He used his authority not to destroy Israel’s enemies, but to lay down his life on the cross.
“No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” – John 10:18
This should not have been a surprise for the people, nor should it be a surprise for us. Jesus cares more about delivering people than he does destroying them. He came not to judge but to save (John 12:47). Jesus loves people so much that he was willing to use his ultimate power and authority to help sinners who were powerless (Romans 5:6-8). He laid down his life to save his enemies (Romans 5:10), and he said about the Romans who crucified him, “Father forgive them…”
Jesus cares more about delivering people than he does destroying them.
With all the power struggles, and the abuse of authority that we have in our world today, let’s remember that we serve a King who is humble. We should be people who are humble, and seek to serve and lay down our lives for others. After all, our King is the one who came into Jerusalem that day with the words of the prophet,
“Behold, your king is coming to you, humble” – Matthew 21:5