Saturday, April 18, 2015

Who Is This

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, "Who is this?"  Matthew 21:10


The day is Psalm Sunday, and Jesus arrives in Jerusalem.  Prophetic words had been spoken many, many years before about the coming Messiah entering Jerusalem riding a colt.  Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!  Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!  See your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey - Zechariah 9:9. Jesus boldly rode into Jerusalem as the King of peace, and the crowd gladly joined him spreading their cloaks and branches from the trees on the road.  Matthew 21:8 - A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  These same people who welcomed Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem as the Messiah, days later, would bow to political pressure and desert Him. 


The people praising God for giving them a king had the wrong idea about Jesus.  They expected Jesus to be a national leader that would restore the nation of Israel to its former glory.  Do you have the wrong idea about Jesus?  Do you believe that because He is your Savior and LORD you will live a life with no difficulties? 


Like those who witnessed Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem on this Palm Sunday, we have expectations for what we think God should do to make life better, safer, and more enjoyable.  Study the life of the disciples and you will see the many difficulties they faced.  Paul's life was difficult but he still continued to share the Gospel Message with the world.  Being a surrendered, committed follower of Christ does not mean that our life will be without hardship but the presence of God will always be with us enabling us to carry out His preordained purpose and plan for our life.  Philippians 4:13 - I can do all this through him who give me strength.  The power we receive in union with Jesus Christ enables us to do His will and face the challenges and hardships that we will encounter as we journey upon this earth.  We must be surrendered and committed to our Savior and LORD.  Prayerfully ask your LORD to reveal to you if you are truly surrendered and committed to your relationship with Him.   


Because of our relationship with our Savior and LORD, we can take courage when faced with struggles.  We are not alone because our Savior and LORD never will abandon His children.  We must remember that the ultimate victory has already been won.  We can claim the peace of Christ.  John 16:33 - I have told you these things, so you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world. 


So who is Jesus to you?  Is He your Savior and LORD?  Jesus is the "way."  Jesus is our path to God.  John 14:6 - Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.” 


Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your saving grace.  I pray that those who do not know You as Savior and LORD calls upon You to save their souls.  I pray they recognize You Jesus as the way.  In Jesus Name I pray.....Amen.

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