this morning i got to hear a good ole fashioned palm sunday message. the message came out of matthew 21– focusing on how Jesus, the King, Son of david, God Himself, came into the city of jerusalem on a donkey- and not only a donkey- a baby donkey. it could not have been done any lower than that… the complete opposite way of doing things for people in positions of power. it was the ultimate subversion of the way power was normally executed by men. it was a new example of power through humility. in essence it was power over evil, sin and death by way of lowliness and sacrifice.
and this was not the first time we saw Jesus do this- it was the second major entrance that He made during His time on earth that was done in such a humble way- as you may remember, He also came into the world in a similar fashion- being born in one of the lowliest of places.
His third entrance however, will not be like the first two. His third entrance will indeed be quite different. i have been reading through 1 and 2 thessalonians recently and yesterday came across this verse- which talks about what will happen when Jesus makes this long-awaited third apperance- it’s been a while since i read this description and i find it quite incredible:
2 thessalonians 2:8
And thenthe lawless one (satan) will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesuswill kill withthe breath of his mouth and bring to nothing bythe appearance of his coming.
not sure the last time i heard that verse preached-
but in the end, it is one of many descriptions that show the power of Christ- and that one day, all creation and existence will culminate in the full restoration of things to full righteousness.
so, although until now, Christ has arrived in a humble and simple way- He will one day truly reveal His ultimate power and authority. until then, we live in the time of humility and grace- though these things are not diametrically opposed. it is not as if Christ once did not have power and will regain it, rather, He did not act upon the right of power, as paul explains to us so beautifully in philippians 2:1-11
and that is the essence of our faith, as christians, and the example that we are to uphold. not clinging to our rights as children of God, rather humbly laying our lives down for brothers, sisters, and enemies. and we can then do this without reservation and with confidence, because we know that in the eventual eternal restoration of all things will be a prize of immeasurable value-
understanding power and humility- how these worked together in the life and the afterlife of Christ- and how it works within us, through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, is one of the great keys to unlocking the mystery of God- a mystery that is ultimately rooted in the omnipotent existence of Christ in the beginning and the end.