Day 7

Our Savior Comes

from the Because He Lives reading plan


Matthew 21:1-11, Zechariah 9:9

BY Amanda Bible Williams

This morning I drove past the lake near our house, as I always do. Today the spring sun was especially bright, causing me to squint my eyes as the light poured through my driver’s side window. A dense layer of fog covered the water as far as I could see. Gulls danced in and out of the cloud-like mist, some resting still and peaceful on the glassy surface. The sun, the fog, the gulls, the water—the combination stunned me, caught that deep sigh in my chest and held it there a minute. 

It was the second day in a row the lake looked exactly like this, and both times it brought worship to my lips:

I praise you, Lord, for you are the Creator God, the maker of the water and the birds, the sun and the mist, and the breath in my lungs. You are God, you are Lord, and I give you all of me today. 

There was no analyzing my prayer outline or word choice, no time for false pretense or doubt. I’d seen a glimpse of the glory of the Lord, and immediate, unhindered praise felt like the only possible response.

Spontaneous worship sessions are not new to our Almighty God. Since the making of mankind and the dawn of creation, people and nature have praised Him. On this day recorded in Matthew 21, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, and another chorus of praise erupted: 

Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is he who comes in the name
of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven! (v. 9). 

As Luke’s Gospel tells it, “the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen” (Luke 19:37). Miracles—plural. Many of them. These people who had been following Jesus had seen evidence that this was not just a man. This man was the Son of God. They had seen glimpses of His glory, and it led them to worship.

Luke also records that as Jesus rode on toward the gates of Jerusalem that day—toward the death due every single human but Him—He also wept for its brokenness. He cried for those who did not recognize the Messiah in their midst (Luke 19:44). 

The Savior had come, but they did not know Him.

As we enter Holy Week on this Palm Sunday, may we see Jesus for who He is. May we read with clear eyes and open hearts the Gospel account of these days and events that are the foundation of our faith. And may we worship the One at the center of it all.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is Jesus, who comes to save us.

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27 thoughts on "Our Savior Comes"

  1. Ingrid Coutinho says:

    May I consistently praise Him in everything.

  2. Shawn Parks says:

    What splendid joy and celebration fills my heart as I wait on my Lord—the king of my life’s!

  3. Alicia Ibarra says:

    I am there with You. I am a mom of three under five as well. I am tired and weary. Finding quiet times with the Lord is nearly impossible but I know he’s with me and he’s with you too!

  4. Elisa Morey says:

    Thank you! I’ll pray for you and you pray for me

  5. Holly says:

    Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for your sacrifice.

  6. Elisa Morey says:

    I’m a mom of 3 – age 5 and under, so it’s easy to say that the days pass without me even realizing the time is gone. It’s easy to say that it’s hard to find quiet time. Even right now I can here my children knocking down blocks and talking about coloring (hopefully on paper). I want to take a minute in every moment and turn to my Lord and worship. I’ll probably be driving, cleaning, cooking, folding, ….. but I’m dedicating it all to worship. Pray for me because this season of motherhood is hard and I feel a bit weary even at the start of the day.

  7. Karen Bailey says:

    Lord, prepare our hearts for this special time of the year. Give us fresh eyes to see the glory of your death and resurrection. That you would do this for us who are your enemies. May never grow old! And Lord please open new hearts to the glory of your gospel. Those that will celebrate Easter this year but more out of tradition instead of transformation. Open their eyes to the beauty of the resurrection. In Jesus name amen

  8. Tina says:

    The memory and the remembering in this Holy week doesn’t get any easier… it is still the TRUTH.
    Christ walked talked and prayed through Holy week knowing whst was coming and still He gave His life away for one such as myself.. I wave the palm branch on a good day and the next I am ready to crucify Him… agh forgive me Lord.. forgive me…

    But God..

    But Jesus…

    Still..

    ..went on ahead to save me, from myself, from others, to stand in for MY sin and give me a HOPE for eternity..
    ALL PRAISE, THANKS AND WORSHIP to You O Lord..

    Thank you He who comes in the name of the Lord.. Thank you..

    Blessings sisters..x

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