After the exile to Babylon, it felt to the Israelites that God had abandoned them and that the presence of God was no longer in Jerusalem. When Christ entered Jerusalem, it was the presence of God returning to the holy city. This was a symbol for how God’s presence had seemed to abandon the world after the fall, but through the work of Christ He has returned. During Lent, we felt like we were in exile from God, but at Easter we feel back in His presence. Let us use this time to proclaim to the whole earth the coming of Christ.
Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in. Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory!
Christ is risen from the dead,
By death trampling down on death,
And to those in the tomb,
He has granted life!