Investing in Easter, The Entrance of the King

I live in Florida. At least for now. The palm tree pictured above is right outside my living room window–try not to covet.

Yesterday was Palm Sunday. If you attended church, you probably heard a message from the gospels about Christ entering Jerusalem and the crowd throwing branches down for Jesus. Take a look at Matthew 21:1-11. Here it is from the NIV:

1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, ”Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 ”Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ “ 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!” 10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Since it’s 2000 years later, we know the end of that story. The same people who cried “Hosanna” which means “Save now,” cried crucify Him only a few days later. They weren’t looking for a Savior from sin, but a warrior against Rome.

I kind of like to think they wanted a McSavior: quick, convenient, and cheap.

Notice the end of the passage. The crowds asked, “Who is this?”

It makes me think of another question Jesus asked His disciples in Matthew 16:13-17. First He asks who the people say that He is. The disciples answer some say John the Baptist, Jeremiah, a prophet.

Then He gets specific. He asks them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Peter replies, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

I’m asking you that same question, friend. Who do you say Jesus is? A good man? A prophet?

He claimed to be the Messiah. He claimed to be the Son of God.

Your answer to that question determines your eternal destiny. It can’t be the “McQuick” answer. Take a look at this:

“if anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26, 27.

A life of belief means a life of sacrifice.

But an eternity of benefits.

See you tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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