It’s Time To Refocus!
What can we learn from the historical account of the first Palm Sunday celebration found in the Holy Bible that took place over 2000 years ago?
The COVID-19 pandemic turned the entire world upside down and instilled various degrees of fear in most everyone. Additionally, it didn’t help that there were all kinds of mandates and commands that seemed to conflict with each other in many instances. It seemed like we never knew who or what to believe or trust!
Next, here in the U.S.A., we had a controversial presidential election that tarnished the trust in our electoral process for tens of millions of voters .
Through all of this turmoil going on, and like the Hebrews living during Jesus’ time on earth, I think it’s fair to say that conservatives, and especially Christians all around the world, are feeling a great deal of mistrust and persecution these days as well.
If we aren’t careful, like the Hebrews in Jerusalem over 2000 years ago, our natural tendency will be to look and hope for someone to come on the scene and save us from all our trials and tribulations.
The Triumphal Entry Of Jesus
When He (Jesus) had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’ ” So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?” And they said, “The Lord has need of him.” Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. (Luke 19:28-35)
The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!” (John 12:12,13)
The ancient Hebrews, instructed by the prophets, had clear notions of the Messiah (God’s Anointed One who would be their King and Savior); but these notions became gradually depraved, so that when Jesus appeared in Judea, the Jews entertained a false conception of the Messiah, expecting a temporal monarch and conqueror, a King who would remove the Roman yoke on the world once and for all. Hence they were appalled at the outward appearance, the humility, and seeming weakness of our Savior.
They were looking for a natural common sense solution and totally missed the fact that God had sent a supernatural eternal solution to those who would believe and put their trust in His Son, Jesus Christ.
May we too, who have a tendency to put our faith in what imperfect men and women can do to save us from our problems and persecutions, remember to keep our focus on and put our faith in the only One who can save us and offer us eternal life. To God be the glory!
See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!