“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”
Psalms 100:4-5


In the Middle East it is very important to follow the right protocol.
Almost every social situation has its own rules of what should be said
and done and people can be deeply offended when this ignored. So it is
important to learn the protocol so that you can approach each
situation in an appropriate way.
When we read the Bible it seems that protocol was also very important
in the first century. Jesus Himself seemed to be little interested in
visible practices of protocol, but was much more interested in
people’s attitudes towards Him as it reflected the condition of their
hearts. The Pharisees approached Jesus with criticism and often with a
sense of pride and self righteousness. Jesus sent them away with a
People who were seen as outcasts and sinners approached Jesus in
humility and a deep awareness of their need for grace and mercy. Jesus
met them in their need.
‘When Hapsburg emperor Franz Joseph died, the  funeral procession
arrived at the closed doors of the monastery and a herald knocked at
the gate. Then one could hear the voice of the abbot: ‘Who are you?’
‘I am Franz Joseph, Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary,’ the herald
replied. ‘I don’t know you. Who are you?’ ‘I am Franz Joseph, Emperor
of Austria, King of Hungary, Bohemia, Galacia, Lodomeria, and
Dalmatia, Grand Duke of Transylvania, Margrave of Moravia, Duke of
Styria and Carinthia…’ ‘We don’t know you. Who are you?’ the Abbot
asked again  . Thereupon the messenger knelt down and said: ‘I am
Franz Joseph, a poor sinner humbly begging for God’s mercy.’ ‘Thou may
enter, then,’ the abbot said, and the gates were flung open.”  (From
‘Steering Through’ Chaos by Os Guiness)
Through Jesus, God became fully accessible, so that we can approach
Him in humility and receive grace and mercy.