The Sixth Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday)
Zechariah 9:9–12; Philippians 2:5–11; Matthew 21:1–9
“Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey.” (Zech 9:9-12; Mt 21:1-9) Our Lord rides in this humble fashion because He is entering Jerusalem to humble Himself even to the point of death on a cross. (Phil 2:5-11) His kingly crown will not be made of gold but of thorns, the sign of sin’s curse. For His royal reign is displayed in bearing this curse for His people, saving us from our enemies by sacrificing His own life. The sinless One takes the place of the sinner so that the sinner can be freed and bear the name “Barabbas,” “son of the Father.” (Matthew 26 and 27) It is at the name of this exalted Savior, Jesus, that we bow in humble faith. With the centurion who declared, “Truly this was the Son of God!” we are given to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.