Dear Hope Family,
Palm Sunday is a special day that often gets overshadowed by Easter Sunday. Palm Sunday reminds us that the man on his way toward the cross is not just a prophet or a very godly man; he is the King Almighty, the only one worthy of our worship. So when we say, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,” we are actually saying, “Blessed is he, God himself, who is here (right now!) in our midst, come to save his people from their sins.”
Our passage this week (John 18:1-12) echoes that theme. The soldiers and religious leaders come to arrest Jesus, and Jesus willingly puts himself forward. But when they say they are seeking “Jesus of Nazareth,” Jesus does not say, “I am Jesus.” He literally says, “I am.” The same “I Am” who identified himself to Moses through the burning bush.
The soldiers and religious leaders respond appropriately—they fall down! How do you respond to Jesus, the Great I Am? And is he the one whom you are seeking? I look forward to opening God’s Word with you this Sunday as we seek Christ together. In my sermon, I reference this new song by Andrew Peterson that gives me chills every time I listen to it: “Is He worthy? Is He worthy? / Of all blessing and honor and glory / Is He worthy? Is He worthy? Is He worthy of this? / He is!”