“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
We bless you from the house of the Lord.” -Ps. 118.26
This verse is full of remarkable meaning and implications. Some of the Hebrew scholars tell us that it was a statement that would be thundered out by the priests, issuing an invitational call to those who were outside of the temple gates.
This verse was quoted during Jesus’ triumphal entry in Matt. 21:
“And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, ‘ Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (v. 9)
Jesus quotes it again in His message of rebuke to the religious leaders of first century Jerusalem:
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered our children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! See, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'” -Mt. 23.37-39
The people welcomed him into the city, but many of them were only following the political buzz of external change. Two chapters later Jesus was saying, “You will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'” As a people, the Jews have got to corporately exclaim these words from the heart. Before they will, they’ve got to see in the Church a true expression of the nature of the One who will come.
To see Him as He is, both in His judgments and His mercies, and to continue calling Him the Blessed Coming One… that is worship indeed. Jerusalem longed to be freed from the tyranny of Rome and to have for themselves a political Messiah who would bring peace and prosperity to the land. But most of them were unwilling to come alongside the Son of Man, and to carry the cross of the Kingdom. What about you?
Can you hear the High Priest, calling out from the holy place? “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” He is inviting us into a higher communion with Himself. Will you come to Him today, dear soul?