The whole multitude, . . . “Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” . . . Jesus, “. . . if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”
The Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Luke, Chapter 19:28-41 (21st Century King James Bible)
28And when Jesus had thus spoken, He went ahead, ascending up to Jerusalem. 29And it came to pass, when He had come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples, 30saying,
“Go ye into the village opposite you, in which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat. Loose him and bring him hither. 31And if any man ask you, `Why do ye loose him?’ thus shall ye say unto him, `Because the Lord hath need of him.'”
32And those who were sent went their way and found even as He had said unto them. 33And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, “Why loose ye the colt?” 34And they said, “The Lord hath need of him.” 35And they brought him to Jesus, and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon. 36And as He went, they spread their clothes along the way. 37And when He had come nigh, even now at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38saying, “Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto Him, “Master, rebuke thy disciples.” 40And He answered and said unto them,
“I tell you that if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”
41And when He had come near, He beheld the city [Jerusalem] and wept over it, . . . .
This is the powerful revelation by Jesus that He has come as King of kings and Lord of lords. This establishes the importance of the events of the next 7 days and it establishes Jesus as King, in fact over, all the earth. Christians live and die in that confidence. For Christians anywhere around the world and across time, that has always been, is now and always will be enough. (And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”—Revelation 19:16)
For Americans, it is more. America was received by the fathers of the country who possessed the confident knowledge and stubborn determination that America would have no king but King Jesus. The fathers of America understood the gift that was revealed that first day of that first Holy Week; and from that day forth either your God would be your King or your king would be your god.
April 19, 1775, the morning after the ride of Paul Revere, British Major Pitcairn shouted to an assembled regiment of Minutemen; “Disperse, ye villains, lay down your arms in the name of George the Sovereign King of England.” The immediate response of Rev. Jonas Clarke was: “We recognize no Sovereign but God and no King but Jesus.” Messengers of the newly formed Committee for Intercolonial Correspondence carried the cry: “NO KING BUT KING JESUS!”
Do not be mistaken, this Palm Sunday and forevermore, our charge, as American patriots, is to defeat those who would make us a king (all-powerful Federal Government) and make that king our god. Our success will return that “Shining City on a Hill” as America’s reality and the promise for all mankind.