Praise Party for King Jesus
In the midst of busy ministry of preaching, teaching and healing, Jesus marked the occasion to celebrate life through praise party to declare that he is rightful King of kings and Lord of lords. This act of initiation of Jesus was in fulfilment of the Old Testament prophecy. The church celebrates this occasion as 'Palm Sunday.' Jesus asked to arranged donkey to ride on while the disciples and the crowd joined in to declare praise to Jesus as the rightful king. At this point in life, the Jews people were living under the foreign rule of the Roman Empire. They were expecting Jesus to be their Messiah to overthrow the Roman Empire and establish himself as a political King like David in the history. They did exactly what they would do for a King's enthronement ceremony. The king would ride on a donkey which was a sign of royalty and peace. Horses were used for war but the riding on a donkey was the symbol of peace. Jesus came as the 'Prince of peace.' They also spread their outer garments on the street and upon the donkey on which Jesus sat. They shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest." Hosanna means, 'Save us.' Clearly, they were declaring the Jesus as King would be their Saviour to save them from the rule of Romans. Jesus entered into the religious and capital city of Jerusalem to declare that he is the King of peace. When the people of Jerusalem asked, "who is this?" the crowd answered, "This is Jesus the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee." This was the greatest Praise Party Procession with public presentation in the life time of Jesus. The important question for us is know who Jesus is for us. Is Jesus, just a prophet, a political king and a Messiah or just a
political Saviour? Jesus is more than these. He is our God, the Lord, Saviour and the King of kings. He came to save people from the slavery of sin. He wants to offer forgiveness of sins. He wants to give you everlasting salvation, peace, joy and eternal life. Will you accept and acknowledge him as your Lord and Saviour?