Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
On Palm Sunday we see Jesus entering Jerusalem as a king. He freely accepts the shouts of praise and the procession, which looks for all the world like a victory parade. Our Epistle reading for this week draws a sharp contrast. Jesus made himself nothing, even humbling himself to die a shameful death. He doesn't look so much like a king them, does he?
Perhaps he does look kingly. The role of a monarch involves the good of the people. The king does not belong to himself. He is not free to do whatever he wants. In fact, to be a good king involves many annoyances, inconveniences, and even mortal peril. The king lays down his life for the good of the kingdom. This is exactly what Jesus does. He cares more for the salvation of the world than he does for his own comfort or honor.
What is the outcome of Jesus' act of humiliation? He is raised from the dead, conquering death, and rescuing all who believe from sin and death. This is the true work of Christ, the king of heaven and earth.
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