He came in the name of the Lord

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, and this morning’s Scripture reading (Mark 11) recalls the event of Christ’s ride into Jerusalem.

There was much joy that day and declarations from the Psalms of Praise were sung as shouted as Jesus and the crowds processed into Jerusalem.

One statements that was called out was, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”  It is a quotation from Psalm 118:26 and is an anticipation of the coming of the Messiah.

Yet the Psalm also emphasizes that He comes in the Lord’s name, that is, to do the Lord’s will.  He comes not on His own will to accomplish His own desires, but to accomplish the Lord’s desires.  This was reiterated by Christ Himself on other occasions (Jn. 5:30, 36-38; 6:37-40; 8:28, 42; 10:18; 12:49; 13:3; 14:10; Mt. 23:39; Lk. 22:42).  And acting in the Father’s name and doing the will of the Father meant that Christ was coming to accomplish the redemption of God’s people through the cross.  And that also meant that He did not come to do the will of the people; He did not come to set up an earthly kingdom or focus on feeding them and meeting their temporal needs.  He came to accomplish a heavenly and eternally given objective (Titus 1:2).

One final thing to remember about this passage:  not only has the Messiah come in the name of the Lord, but He will yet come again, also in the name of the Lord, as Spurgeon has noted:

In the Psalmist’s days he was The Coming One, and he is still The Coming One, though he hath already come. We are ready with our hosannas both for his first and second advent; our inmost souls thankfully adore and bless him and upon his head unspeakable joys.

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