This week we come to the last sermon in our study of The Lord’s Prayer. The phrase “For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.” was probably not part of the prayer as Jesus taught it, but is a worthy addition, added so immediately that it is included in some of the earliest Greek manuscripts of the Gospels.
The phrase is a doxology- an ascription of praise akin to the kind that would be shouted to a passing king.
This Sunday is also Palm Sunday, a day we commemorate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. As he rode into town, the crowds went nuts, declaring him to be the rightful king- the son of David. Yet, a closer look at the moment reveals the kind of king Jesus is. He is humble. He is lowly. He is a servant. Yes, contrary to expectations, the simple glory he chooses speaks volumes about who he is and why he has come.
Jesus is riding into town on Sunday; come and meet him! He might not be what you expect, but he is surely what you need.
Grace and Peace,