Get excited

Published 12:54 pm Saturday, March 31, 2018

by Joseph Perry

I don’t know about you, but I get excited when I hear about special people coming to my house or showing up at the church. I get excited when a person of status and position shows up where I am, a person who has so much influence and power my adrenaline begins to flow, and a certain sensation rises because someone is crossing my path with high esteem and or with an awesome reputation.

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the day we call Palm Sunday over 2,000 years ago, which brought about excitement. We should never lose the excitement of the Lord, and what He’s doing in our lives, for each day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.

However, I will submit to you that when we hear of Jesus and what he’s doing, sometimes we have little or no excitement. We tend to take Him and His work for granted. We act as though we don’t have the joy or the energy — we lose the high-spirit that we are supposed to have — even though we know the Lord is doing a marvelous thing in life.

When this happens of us not having the enthusiasm and the zeal, along with the high emotion, when we lose all of that He needs to give us another injection of his word with power. Because we should always get excited when the Lord shows up. Just knowing that it was God who woke you up in the morning, and started you on your way ought to get you excited.

Do you still get excited when you hear the name Jesus? When He shows up in your life, and you know He’s there, does He still excite you as He did before?

The Triumphal Entry in this text marks a pivotal time in the life of the New Testament Church because Jesus, the one who has been sent from Heaven by God the Father, has completed his earthly mission. The prophet Isaiah declares that unto us a child is born and the government shall be upon his shoulders.

Jesus would come and be the bridge to bring man back into right relationship with his Heavenly Father. Man had sinned and become separated from God, and now we through the work that Jesus would do, repositioned us, and changed our course of direction after the end of time.

We see Jesus getting ready to ride into Jerusalem; he had sent two of his disciples over into another village to receive a colt that no other person has rode on. They put him on the colt, a donkey symbolizing peace, not a horse as he would come for war, but a lowly donkey. The King humbled himself to show us it’s not all about what you drive, but the one who’s driving it.

The people, seeing him coming, break off branches of palms and put clothes in the way, yelling “Hosanna! Jesus saves! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” They were expressing adoration for the King of kings and Lord of lords riding into Jerusalem. Lift up your heads oh ye gates, and be ye lifted up you everlasting doors, and the king of Glory shall come in, who is this King of Glory, The Lord strong and mighty, he is the King of Glory.

Be excited because of:

  1. The Authority of The King. He speaks, people move and things happen. Use your Bible!
  2. The Arrival of The King. We must expect his coming. Jesus is coming back for his church. Be ready!
  3. The Acclamation of The King. You see when the Lord comes, you can’t sit down on him, no, you need to show honor to Him, you need to express your gratitude. You can’t just keep sitting or standing on the sideline and saying, ‘Who is this?’ No, you got to get excited. You got to get high in spirit, you should praise The Lord. For everything that has breath, ought to get excited and praise The Lord. Praise God!

I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise will continually be in my mouth, Oh magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together.

That’s a thought to remember!

JOSEPH A. PERRY is pastor of St. Luke AME Zion Church, 100 Circle St., Franklin. Contact him at 242-339-0008 or