2023 Holy Week Liturgy | Day 2
Holy Monday | The King Has Come
BASED ON ISAIAH 11
The prophet Isaiah wrote that “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.”
The people expected a king; they expected Jesus to be that king.
This is why they cried “Hosanna” which means “save us”. They wanted a king to save them from Rome, from foreign oppression.
Attach the crown to the jar, but upside down
We have a crown for a king, but why is it upside down?
It is upside down because the people wanted a king that followed the way of the world.
A king that was from below, not above. A king who would conquer and win freedom with a sword.
But didn’t they read the rest of Isaiah? “He will…with righteousness judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.”
The king wouldn’t rule to be powerful, but to help our the poor and needy.
Jesus’ ministry was upside down by the standards of the world.
It made the expectations of people seem upside down, too.
The people of Jerusalem would have to wait to see how God’s kingdom would come through Jesus.
They would have to wait until Easter to have their expectations changed.
By Pastor Ben Wimmers, Pastor of Youth and Family