What a strange paradox;
the King is coming,
the people rejoice, singing ‘Hosanna in the highest!’
yet fail to understand that the King they welcome
is the Servant King,
the King who washes his disciples’ feet,
the King who came not with an army
but a weapon so powerful that not even death could resist,
the sacrificial love of God laid out upon a Cross.

Lord God,
as we sing our ‘Hosannas’ today
may we remember also that which you were riding toward;
the suffering and rejection,
pain and humiliation, the cruel Cross.
And let us look forward to the joy of Easter Day
when you rose from death to reign forever.

Help us, as we daily lay our lives before you,
to live the resurrection life that acknowledges Jesus as Lord and King over our lives.

John Birch