In Matthew 21:1-11, we see that Jesus is the Christ who is a King and he is a King who is the Christ. Jesus is the suffering servant, the savior who will go to the cross for the sins of the world. His triumphal entry was lowly and marked with humility. He came into Jerusalem with a donkey and a colt. It wasn’t anything glamorous. Yet, at the same time, Jesus’ entry demonstrated that he is the Christ who is a King. As he made his way into Jerusalem much of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, symbolizing submission. They also shouted ‘Hosanna!’, which means ‘save now’ or ‘help now’. The crowd recognized Jesus as a King with authority to put things back in place as they were meant to be.
These two truths ultimately shape our discipleship because, on one hand, we find strength in our weakness. Jesus the Christ who suffered in our place for our sins. Jesus carries us. On the other hand, he is someone worth following. He’s the King who rules holding all things together. He demonstrates his authority for the common good.