The message of the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem is that he is the King of the World! So what does this mean in a world that sees its share of trouble and sorrow? I’d like to briefly respond to this question from a personal and communal perspective.
First the personal. Is Jesus your king? Have you pledged your allegiance to him? If so, what does that look like in your life? At the very least, I would suggest, it means that you’re seeking to be a loyal and faithful subject of his kingdom, which means that you’re seriously trying to follow his decrees, which implies that you know them, which means that you listen to him through the reading and meditation of his Word. If you don’t take seriously the words of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels, then I would have to question your loyalty to the king. So what can you do to put yourself in a good position to hear and obey God’s Word?
Now for the communal aspect. Of course there’s a whole lot more that we could say about what it means to be loyal to the king personally and communally, but at the very least, as far as the communal is concerned, if you’re a loyal subject of the king, then you gather regularly with his people to worship Him and to hear his kingdom proclamation. If you don’t regularly participate in communal worship, then I question your allegiance to the king. And the worship service helps us to take seriously the mission of King Jesus, which is summarized for us in Luke 4:18-19:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free,
and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”
Notice that the mission of Christ primarily involves the proclamation of the Good News to the poor and oppressed of the world, which should lead us to care for those same people. So how are we doing that in our neighbourhoods, communities and in the world?