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The “Universe Boss”

Last Wednesday England lost their opening World Twenty20 game against the West Indies, primarily because of a stunning century by their opener Chris Gayle. (I am, of course, writing about cricket, not whether or not you should have gone to Specsavers).
After the match Gayle said “The world is watching, so the universe boss got to deliver and he did today”. I’m not sure about his use of English but his meaning is pretty clear.
At the time of the game I was part-way thorough preparing for today’s Palm Sunday sermon and the comparison and contrast between Gayle’s statement and the Lord Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem forcefully struck me. The world, as it were, was watching Jesus as He rode into the city – in fact, reading the Scripture accounts, it seems as though Jesus deliberately orchestrated the entire event. Earlier in His ministry Jesus had generally sought to avoid publicity but now He appears to welcome the adulation of the crowds.
However, how does He arrive in Jerusalem? Matthew tells us in the words of Zechariah’s prophecy, “See, your King comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (21v5). What a picture of humility and meekness – truly the Servant King who stoops to conquer. There was never a hint of arrogance or pride in our Lord and Saviour.
Gayle refers to delivering, which he certainly did on Wednesday. But Jesus rode to Jerusalem to deliver something of infinite worth and cost – the free gift of salvation through His death and resurrection to all who will believe.
So who is the real “Universe Boss”? I trust you truly know Him as your Lord and Saviour.
Peace and Grace