Devotional Reading: Hebrews 7:11-19; Background Scripture: Jeremiah 23:5,6; Zechariah 6:9-15; John 19:1-5; Hebrews 7:13.
The scripture for the lesson last week as well as today’s lesson directs us to what the prophets foretold. At first, one might ask, “Why are not looking at events which take place between Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday?” I had that same question, but as quickly as I formed the question in my mind, I also received the answer–God always had a plan for our redemption. Another thought that struck me was the phrasing of “branch-King”. What is the symbolism of the branch? Think about it for a second: A branch is an extension of the tree. A branch can help us cross a river, keep us from falling out of a tree, or can steady us when we are weak. Jesus Christ is an extension of God. He can help us cross over any troubling areas in our lives. His loving arms are outstretched to catch us when we fall, and His strength holds us up when we are weak. The more you meditate on these truths, the clearer the symbolism becomes.
Jesus was fully man, and yet, He is God. Jesus is King of all kings, and He is indeed our Righteous Savior. How do you allow His righteousness to manifest itself in your life? What spiritual sacrifices can you offer offer to God this week that will be most pleasing to Him?
Remember: We serve a King who suffered and died for us. So what does your life say about your gratitude?