A King Come To Save

A King Come To SaveOver the next week, we will take a look each day at a chapter of John’s account of the Easter story, beginning with the triumphal entry, and ending with Jesus’ resurrection. We will be reviewing the chapters as listed in Week 15 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan. Today will be John 12, Tuesday John 13, Wednesday John 18, Thursday John 19, and Friday John 20.

Yesterday was Palm Sunday – the Sunday prior to Resurrection Sunday – when we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. John’s account of this story is listed in John 12:12-19. These verses state that upon hearing that Jesus was making His way to Jerusalem, the crowds came to meet Him, waving palm branches, shouting “hosanna,” and proclaiming Him the king of Israel. Jesus found a young donkey which He rode on, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9, which speaks of the king of Zion coming seated on a donkey’s colt.

The crowds who greeted Jesus as He entered Jerusalem called Him king. He was their king, but not in the way that they thought. Instead of becoming a prominent political figure who would liberating them from Roman rule, the Son of God – the true King of Kings (1 Timothy 6:15) – came to save all who would believe in Him by giving His life for them at the cross. He came to redeem us, paying the price for our wrongdoings. He came that we, through Him, might be reconciled to our Heavenly Father (2 Corinthians 5:18-19), and given true freedom in Him.

Jesus, the King of Kings, laid down His life for you, so that you could enter into relationship with God – with you as His child, and Him as your Heavenly Father. Though equal to God in His very nature, He was made in the likeness of man, and gave His life for us at the cross (Philippians 2:6-8). What an honor that the true king, the Son of God, would do such a thing for each and every one of us!

The King Come to Save Us

The King Come to Save UsWise men come to see Baby Jesus – Matthew 2:1-12

After Jesus was born, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem. They inquired as to the whereabouts of the one who had been born king of the Jews. They had seen His star, and come to worship Him. This disturbed King Herod. He called together the chief priests and teachers of the law, to find out where the Messiah was to be born. According to Scripture, Bethlehem was to be his birthplace. King Herod sent for the wise men secretly, finding out from them exactly when the star had appeared. He told them to go to Bethlehem, and make a careful search for the child, that he might worship Him as well. Afterwards, the wise men went on their way. When they saw the star, which had stopped over the place where Jesus was, they were overjoyed! They bowed down and worshiped Him, opened their treasures, and presented Him with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They returned to their country by a different route, having been warned in a dream not to go back to King Herod.

The wise men went on a journey, traveling first to Jerusalem, and then on to Bethlehem, to worship the king that had been born. Jesus was Emmanuel – God with us (Matthew 1:23) – truly the King of all!¬†Though God in His very nature (Philippians 2:6), He came down to this earth to save us. He was made in human likeness (Philippians 2:7), and humbled Himself, becoming obedient even to the point of death on a cross (Philippians 2:8). Therefore, God exalted Him to the highest place, giving Him the name above all names. At His name, every knee should bow, and every tongue acknowledge Him as Lord (Philippians 2:9-11). The Son of the Most High paid the price to redeem us! Let’s acknowledge Him as our Lord and Savior!

The Magi presented Him with gold, frankincense, and myrrh – gifts fit for a king! Of all of the gifts that are given at Christmastime, Jesus, God’s gift of love to us that first Christmas, remains the greatest gift of all! Our Heavenly Father gave us the very best He had to offer. If He did not spare own His Son, how will He not freely give us all things (Romans 8:32)? It is only in receiving from our Daddy in heaven that we can have anything to give out in return. Because our Savior died for us, we are now to live for Him
(2 Corinthians 5:15). We offer ourselves as living sacrifices, in view of God’s mercy
(Romans 12:2). When we recognize the His amazing grace, and abundant love for each of us, it makes us want to live in a way that brings honor to Him.

Our wonderful Savior took our sins upon Himself, that we might be made right with God. Let’s acknowledge Him as Lord in our hearts and our lives. Let’s receive our Heavenly Father’s gift of love to us, and live for the One who gave His life for us. Let’s give thanks to God for sending Jesus, the King come to save us!