An Approachable King

from Lynda Lindsey

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread the on the road. Matthew 21:4-8

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” Matthew 21:10

Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.”  Matthew 21:31(b)-32

Jesus, Messiah, King of Kings and Lord of Lords came riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. He accepted the praises and hallelujahs of the jubilant crowd waving palm branches and throwing their cloaks on the road. The whole city was astir with curiosity about Jesus! However meek and humble Jesus may be, He boldly pronounced Himself King, affirming His position by quoting Scripture all Jews would know. 

In most societies it’s difficult, if not impossible, to have direct access to kings, royals, powerful rulers or presidents. Appointments must be booked in advance of the requested audience, calendars consulted, confirmations sent and received, security checks performed. One progresses through layers of aides, assistants, secretaries and receptionists, showing proof of identity at each stage, before a face-to-face meeting takes place with the elite and powerful. Unless, that is, your Sovereign is Jesus who allows His followers direct access!

Jesus, Sovereign ruler of all, allowed ordinary folk permission to crowd in close. Small children, lepers, the mentally unstable, the ill, tax collectors, prostitutes, rich young rulers, Jesus offered compassion and kindness, love and healing to all. He touched the untouchables, often preferring the company of “sinners” who repented and believed to the smug, self-righteous, disbelieving religious leaders. Jesus, the same yesterday, today, and forever, is still approachable. Through Jesus the Son we have access to the Father and the Spirit. Crowd in close. Believe. Be astir with curiosity…His hands are extended in welcome!