“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one. (John 17:20-22)
We need to become one with God, and that will only happen when we believe in Jesus and are baptized in the Spirit. Prayer is powerful, especially when we pray in unity. According to John 17:22, we should experience the glory of God because Jesus has given it to us.
In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. (Hebrews 2:10)
We need the manifest presence of God in our midst. Interestingly, every location named in the Bible has been found except the Garden of Eden, where God was physically present. Our very lives are drawn from of the breath of God, first breathed in the Garden. In the glory of God, everything is eternal. It was not until Adam left God’s presence that he started deteriorating. But now that Jesus has restored our relationship to the Father, worship is the key to experiencing the presence of God. Our God is beyond description; He is the everlasting God, worthy to be praised.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Behold, the King is in our midst.
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9)
The Prophet Zechariah prophesied about the coming of Christ 400 years before it happened on Palm Sunday.
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’” They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve. (Mark 11:1-11)
Before Jesus’ grand entrance into Jerusalem, He told people not to spread the good news whenever He healed people. But on Palm Sunday, He let them give Him a grand entrance.
Why celebrate Passover?
1. To let people remember that God delivered them.
2. To let people know that they will have a breakthrough.
We need to see the King; do not miss the King. In Mark 11:3, Jesus stated His authority as Lord. Symbolically speaking, we need to be that donkey, to break free and be used by the King. We need to give to God, for what God returns is better than what He takes away.
How did Jesus present Himself?
1. He is a humble King.
Mark 11:9-11 describes Him as a humble King riding on a donkey even though He was the King of Kings.
2. He is the exalted One.
“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:38)
The purpose of the King’s visit was to examine the city and the temple. The temple of Jerusalem was totally destroyed. We need to keep our hearts clean and upright, for they are the temple of the Holy Spirit where our God dwells. If we do not fortify our hearts with truth, the enemy will surely destroy God’s spiritual temple as well.