Uncontainable, Well-founded Joy

The whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices

for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:36-40

     Most glorious Lord Jesus, this Palm Sunday is rather unique for most of us. Typically, this would be a weekend we would gather in our church families, with palm branches and praise, delighting in your presence, proclaiming the beginning of Easter Week.

Though this pandemic has disrupted our routine, it hasn’t diminished our delight. In fact, it has intensified our joyful cry, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” You won’t need to look to the stones to proclaim what we gladly affirm today: Jesus, you are the Lamb of God who has come to take away the sins of the world—the Lord of Lords who is making all things new.

You entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, not to be celebrated, but to be crucified; not to take down Rome, but to take up a cross; not to overthrow the “bad guys, but to overwhelm all of us with your selfless love and perfect sacrifice. Thank you, and a huge Hallelujah!

Though we grieve the temporary loss of our worship gatherings, we groan with joy for the Day when we will gather in the New Jerusalem. As your every-nation Bride, we long for the Day when we will be healed, holy, and happy forever.

As we assemble today in front of TV’s, computers, and iPhones, free us to worship you in Spirit and truth. Do more than we can ask or imagine. As we enter Holy Week with all the uncertainties of this pandemic, may we be more certain than ever of your perfect sacrifice, current reign, and lavish love. So very Amen we pray, in your great and gracious name.