This Sunday we celebrate the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem in the final week of His life. As Christians we call this the “Triumphal Entry.” Jesus is recognized as the king He really is. On Sunday we will consider “King Jesus’ Triumphant Entry” from Matthews account, Matthew 21:1-11. The significance of Christ being King and His Lordship over our lives is all important.
The word, Christian, means “Christ one” or “slave of Christ,” even as Caesarean meant “slave of Caesar”. To be a Christian therefore means that a person has surrendered his life to Christ, as his Lord and Master. To call Jesus “Lord” means to have committed oneself to following Him and His teaching. Why would someone call Jesus “Lord” and then refuse to obey His teachings? Jesus’ true followers not only hear His words, but they act on them, allowing His message to make a difference in their lives. Jesus said, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew7:24)
The greatest blessing in my life was to come to know Christ personally when I was a teenager. Then a few years later, as a young adult attending a Sunday School Teachers’ convention, I was challenged to yield my life to Christ, for Him to use me as He pleased. This was a turning point in my spiritual life. I am not calling this experience a second type of blessing, but a point to which I had come where God challenged me regarding His Lordship in my life. In Romans 6:13 Paul calls upon all Christians to “yield yourselves to God”. For me it was as if I had suddenly reached boiling point in my spiritual experience. Martin Lloyd-Jones calls this the “high water mark” Subsequently, I have continually sought to be “led by the Spirit” (Romans 8:14). I must confess there have been times I have grieved the Holy Spirit, but through His patient work in my life I have been able to continue to call Him my Lord.
In my own experience a life yielded to God has not always been easy, but it has been the most rewarding and joyful that any human can experience. I trust that you have said to Jesus, “I’m willing to give all for you; I’m yielded to you, and day by day I will surrender my life to You as my Lord and King.”
- T. Studd, a great English cricketer, who gave up his own ambitions to become a missionary in Africa, said “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”
Join us for Corporate Prayer at 10 am on Sunday (Transport from Rüschlikon Station at 09:50) and then the Worship Service at 10:30 am.(Guest Service) Fellowship and refreshments after the service.
Your friend and pastor,