He Comes In the Name of the Lord!

Scripture Reading: Luke 19:28-44; SOAP / Luke 19:38

The Triumphal Entry

The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem has been played out on television, in churches, on flannel graph boards, and in our minds over and over – especially during the season of Easter celebration. It is the scene that is before us today and, most likely, fresh in our minds from last week’s “Passion” celebrations. Jesus, sitting on the robes of His disciples as He rides on the back of a donkey near the path down the Mount of Olives – when the crowd begins to say, in a loud voice:

Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 

Luke 19:38 NET

Jesus knew what was coming, His death on the cross was imminent, nevertheless, He entered the city on His own volition. This in itself is a beautiful part of the story. Yet, I cannot help but imagine the beauty of the crowd of disciples welcoming Jesus, their voices raised in one accord – in total agreement and declaration that Jesus was who He said He was and that He had come by the power and authority of God.

Peace in Heaven and glory in the highest

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” was not originally part of the passage the disciples quoted from Psalm 118:26. I could not really find out a definitive answer as to why they added this to their prayer of praise; however, Ray Stedman addresses the issue with these insightful words, “as the disciples come over the hill they feel singularly moved by the Holy Spirit to begin to praise God for the mighty works he has done in this nation, which they have seen at the hand of Jesus, and to bless God and cry out, ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.’ The hour called for that kind of proclamation. As Jesus makes very clear, it was necessary to do this, otherwise, the stones would have cried out.”

Response to God’s Word

While we may not see Christ coming down the streets where we live – we can still be resolved to declare Him King of our lives and sent by God – so that others may know Him like we do.


Father, Blessed is King Jesus – who came in Your name! Under Your power and authority He came, so that through His blood, there might be peace between You and man.

“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior” (Colossians 1:21).

 “For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son” (Romans 5:10, NLT).

Jesus came, by Your authority – driven by Your love and power to seek and save the lost – so that, as He taught the disciples, You might be glorified in Heaven!

God exalted him [Jesus] to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every other name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. — Philippians 2:9-11

[Jesus said,] “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” — John 15:5,8

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.— Psalm 8:1

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