Peter Misselbrook's Blog
Apr 19 2013 - Luke 19:28-48 – Behold your king

What kind of a king is Jesus? He is a paradoxical king; he defies expectations. He is the kind of king who does not come into Jerusalem riding on a war-horse; he comes riding on a donkey. He comes not to crush his enemies with a show of power; he comes in humility to save. Nevertheless, he is a king. The crowd had it right when they greeted him with their shouts, "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" (Luke 19:38). Jesus said that if the crowds had been silent, the stones would have cried out. All creation looks with anticipation for this king.

Jesus humbled himself not only by riding into Jerusalem on a donkey; he humbled himself by submitting himself to the malicious arrest, mock trial and cruel death on the cross that awaited him there (see his words in 18:31-34). For it was only through this death that he would enter into his reign. This humiliation would achieve a greater victory than any warrior on a war-horse. His humiliation, death and resurrection would change the world for ever. The mighty empires of Greece and Rome have disappeared from history; his is an empire that will last for eternity.

But make no mistake, this is no gentle Jesus, meek and mild. Having arrived in the city, he made his way to the temple and there drove out those who were carrying on their self-serving trade in the temple courtyard. That must have taken some doing. Jesus did not do it by asking them nicely to leave. Jesus came to Jerusalem to suffer and to die, but he is not a passive Saviour. He came also in power to cleanse and renew. He came to cleanse the temple that it might be a ‘house of prayer’; a place where people might come to meet with a holy God.

Perhaps we are attracted to the humble Jesus on a donkey but not so much to the Jesus who drives out all that pollutes the temple of the living God. Over the years there have been those who have talked of two levels of discipleship: those who accept Jesus as Saviour and those who go on to accept him also as Lord. But Jesus cannot be cut in half in this way. We cannot have the benefits of his passion without bowing the knee to him and acknowledging him as Lord. We cannot have Christ crucified without also having Christ risen and reigning in our lives.

Jesus came into the world to save his people from their sins. He saves us from our sins not only by suffering their penalty in our place; that on its own would leave us in our sins. He comes to make his home with us – to make us a temple for the living God. And he will not tolerate those things which defile the temple of God. He comes to demolish the shabby hovel of our lives that he might make it anew into a palace for the king.

Jesus comes to us to cleanse and renew. He ‘breaks the power of cancelled sin, and sets the prisoner free’. Are we ready for the breakages?

King Jesus, you gave your life for me, help me to give my life entirely into your hands. Search me and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Do with me what you will, only do not leave me. Take from me all that is inconsistent with your presence in me. Break me, mould me, fill me, use me – for the glory of your name and for the blessing of others.

prescription coupon new prescription coupon free viagra samples coupon
viagra free coupon prescription drug discount cards
dilation and curettage of uterus abortion research paper problems in early pregnancy
discount prescriptions coupons free coupon for cialis prescription discounts cards
abortion facts abortion pill procedure cheap abortion
early abortion aborted baby abortion pill price
does medicaid cover abortions how expensive are abortions abortion nyc
information about abortion link how to get an abortion
discount coupons for prescriptions prescription savings card cialis free sample coupons
erectiepillen zonder recept viagra pillen kruidvat kosten viagra apotheek
free prescription cards discount go prescription discounts cards
apranax compendium apranax compendium apranax 550
omeprazole effet secondaire omeprazole 20 mg omeprazole posologie coupon go coupon for free cialis
cialis coupons online link cialis free coupon
cialis 2015 coupon transfer prescription coupon coupon for cialis
voltaren voltaren gel voltaren piller
viagra online viagra uden recept viagra netdoktor
abortion pill online second trimester abortion late term abortion pill
buscopan porod buscopan diskuze buscopan diskuze
lamisilate spray lamisil 250 mg lamisil spray
cheap abortion pill alternatives to abortion pill side effects of abortion pill
amoxicillin-rnp amoxicillin-rnp
thyrax fk thyrax kopen thyrax duotab prijs
coupons for cialis cialis manufacturer coupon coupon for prescription
vermox delovanje vermox brez recepta vermox delovanje
cons of abortion pill abortion pill rights the cost of abortion
lilly cialis coupons prescription coupons discount coupon for cialis
abortion pill pictures effects of abortion pill
lamisil 1 lamisil cream
home abortion pill methods abortion pill methods
how to get an abortion pill abortion pill information buy abortion pill
neurontin diskuze neurontin 100 mg neurontin diskuze
amoxicillin 1000 mg amoxicillin dermani haqqinda amoxicillin-rnp
prescription coupon coupon prescription cialis prescription coupon
risks of abortion pill how does abortion pill work information on abortion pill
metoprololtartrat metoprololsuccinat orion 50 mg metoprololtartrat
amoxicillin al 1000 amoxicillin 500 mg amoxicillin nedir
clomid clomid proviron pct clomid
naltrexone psoriasis link naltrexone side effects forum
naltrexone cost without insurance go uses for naltrexone
naltrexone side effects with alcohol naltrexone rheumatoid arthritis
vivitrol cost naltrexone for opiate withdrawal
purchase naltrexone neltraxone
low dose naltrexone online pharmacy what does naltrexone feel like neltrexone

Peter Misselbrook