Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Humble King

"Tell the people of Israel,
‘Look, your King is coming to you.
He is humble, riding on a donkey—
riding on a donkey’s colt.’” Matt 21:5 NLT

Jesus humbly rides into our lives. He is unpretentious, not proud or haughty. He even came into the world in a humble way. Born in a manger. A humble carpenter. Jesus knocks at the door of our heart waiting to be invited in. Waiting for us to receive the gift of everlasting life.

In Jesus' day, kings would either ride into battle on a war horse or, in times of peace, on a donkey or mule. I think that we can forget that while Jesus comes as the humble servant, he will return on a war horse. He will reward those that accept him as Lord and Savior, and judge those that reject him. We have brought Jesus down to our level. We have reduced him to the Jesus of our imagination. Yet, he cannot be brought down or reduced. He is the captain of the army of heaven. He is the one that makes demons tremble. When his friend John, saw Jesus in heaven, John fainted with fear. Jesus is not safe, but he is good. Just because he rides a donkey doesn't change his identity as King of all creation.

Jesus is not some toothless old grandpa that sits in a corner of the house at the family reunion, only to be tolerated. He is not our genie in the lamp. He is God Almighty.

Jesus rides into our lives humbly offering salvation, forgiveness, strength, and hope to those that receive him. He will return on a war horse to bring wrath and judgment to the wicked.

Have you received the humble King? How do you feel about his return?

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