As Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey the people hailed Jesus as Messiah……as the King. Multitudes were gathered. The masses were responding to the fervency of the moment that was being made manifest before their very eyes. If they understood what was unfolding, it was at best short lived. Within days, many of these who would be shouting such acclamations of praise to Jesus would again be a part of the masses who would be screaming out, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”
How could they have been so fickled? One moment of time they are a part of a monumental moment in history in exalting Jesus Christ. Within hours they’d have a completely opposite reaction to their previous fervor.
Did they understand that before them was He who was born King of the Jews? Had they not read the prophets’ foretelling their coming King….the son of David, the One who would reign in the fullness of majesty and power? Who was their king?
A couple of thousand years later, the so called “King of Rock and Roll”, Elvis Presley, had this happen at one of his performances. A number of young ladies, had bought a center section of seating. In the middle of one of his songs they stood up, holding a banner they had made which read, “Elvis, You Are The King!” Elvis stopped in the middle of his song. He told the young girls, “take it down. There is but one King, and He is the Lord Jesus Christ.”
I believe these young ladies are just a microcosm of many even in the church today. We so easily get enamored with outside appearances. Impressed with numerous criteria, from great entertainers, to exorbitant wealth, intelligentsia ad infinitum, the masses flow with the go while in many cases never hearing the real music, never experiencing the untold wealth of God’s amazing grace, and never coming near to the knowledge of the holy. It’s as if they believe they are preparing to swim, but in actuality they are only standing in extremely shallow water.
Who’s the King? He can’t be a musician, a comedian, a man of worldly stature or means; and by the way, it can never be a pastor either. There’s but one King….He’s the Lord Jesus Christ!