Jesus entered Jerusalem in triumph, and it brought joy to the people. However their joy was a complete misunderstanding of His ministry. The crowds thought Jesus would usher in a new era for Israel by breaking the Roman bondage, ending their poverty, and making Israel supreme.
Jesus did have a vision when he entered the city. It was the vision of a redeemed earth, and the peace of God would come upon all men by the way of His Cross. His joy was the certainty that by the way of His Cross and His passion that he could remake men at the center of their being, so that they could be pure, clean, holy, and conformed to the character of God.
There was quite a contrast between the people’s joy, and Jesus’ vison. May I ask, “What is your joy in the presence of this King?” Does it match that of the crowds or that of the King’s? Is it your vision that Jesus will establish a materially perfect world? Such a vision makes you selfish like the crowds, and in the end will cause you to change your singing of, “Hosanna,” into the cry of, “Crucify Him.” Is your joy that of the king’s? If so, then it is a Godly joy. Such a conviction enables you to suffer, enables you to dare all things, gives you the faith to move mountains, and makes you a victor, for you are in fellowship with the triumphant King.
Share His Vision,
“Jesus was going up to Jerusalem,” (Matt. 20:7). Mark adds, “Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid,” (10:32). They were afraid because Jesus had told them what was waiting for Him in Jerusalem; His crucifixion.
Remember what it was like when you first became a Christian? It seemed as though Jesus walked beside you as a friend and counselor. However as time went on you noticed, “Jesus leading the way,” and you began to wonder who this Jesus was that you were following. Then suddenly Jesus was so out in front of you that you found yourself like the disciples; astonished and afraid, for all that you could see of him was the cloud of dust his sandals had kicked up.
Why must there be times such as this in our walk with Jesus? It is not because Jesus wants you to be astonished or afraid of where He is leading you. Instead, it is part of his disciplining of you, and arising out of his leading is a necessary lesson for you to learn.
When such confusion comes into your walk with Jesus, know that it is his discipline of you, so endure it until the dust of his sandals has cleared. Endure it till the end, because out of the astonishment and fear will come the ability to follow Jesus truly anywhere, and you will find yourself dwelling in inexpressibly peace, love and joy.
Let Him Lead,
Matt 19:29 records Jesus’ promise of a, “A hundred fold blessing.” Shortly after that promise Peter said, “We have left everything to follow you. What is left for us?” The statement was one of pride for the good work the disciples had done, and the question was a negotiations for payment for that work. There is a great deal of revelation here about Peter, for he revealed what was on his heart. Instead of trusting God he was demanding to know, “What is in this for me?”
Fast forward to today and let me ask, “Christian are you now receiving a hundred fold blessing from God?” If you are not receiving such a blessing is it because you are negotiating with Jesus. Are you saying, “Jesus, I’ve given you my heart, now what will you now do for me?” Are you saying, “Jesus I will walk with you, if you will reward me.” Such thoughts, and statements are rebellion against Jesus and therefore against God.
If you are a Christian Jesus has already saved you completely. If you have accepted Jesus offer of salvation then it is an accomplished fact, and it is sinful of you to ask Him to do more than what he has already done. It is now your job as a Christian to simply trust Jesus and do what is right, and to get about the business of His Kingdom. If you will do that, then your blessing will truly be, “A hundred fold.”
Moses was reviewing the Law with Israel and said, “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in our house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontal on your fore head. You shall write them on the doorpost of your house and on your gates.” Moses said this because he did not want the people of Israel to forget God, His laws, and what He had done.
Jesus once also spoke some encouraging words, “With God all things are possible.” May I borrow from Moses’ command of long ago, and suggest you do something similar with them. Take Jesus’ words, “With God all things are possible,” and write them on the doorpost of your home. Write them on your hand. Memorize and repeat them through the day. Teach them to your family. Do this so when you go through your days, and when you find the world intruding on you with doubts and temptations that you have an answer to those doubts and temptations.
Do it! Write it! Remember it! Then you will remember that you are God’s child. Though all your question are not answered, one day they will be. Until then walk in faith knowing that, “With God all things are possible.”