April 13, 2014

Holy Week 2014

Matthew 21:1-11

The Royal Welcome

1-3When they neared Jerusalem, having arrived at Bethphage on Mount Olives, Jesus sent two disciples with these instructions: "Go over to the village across from you. You'll find a donkey tethered there, her colt with her. Untie her and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you're doing, say, 'The Master needs them!' He will send them with you."

4-5This is the full story of what was sketched earlier by the prophet:

Tell Zion's daughter,

"Look, your king's on his way,

poised and ready, mounted

On a donkey, on a colt,

foal of a pack animal."

6-9The disciples went and did exactly what Jesus told them to do. They led the donkey and colt out, laid some of their clothes on them, and Jesus mounted. Nearly all the people in the crowd threw their garments down on the road, giving him a royal welcome. Others cut branches from the trees and threw them down as a welcome mat. Crowds went ahead and crowds followed, all of them calling out, "Hosanna to David's son!" "Blessed is he who comes in God's name!" "Hosanna in highest heaven!"

10As he made his entrance into Jerusalem, the whole city was shaken. Unnerved, people were asking, "What's going on here? Who is this?"

11The parade crowd answered, "This is the prophet Jesus, the one from Nazareth in Galilee."

Throughout his ministry, Jesus has been careful of timing. He has been careful not to rush himself to center stage in Jerusalem. Now that time has come. He gives careful instructions to his disciples regarding his transportation into the city. We're told in verse 6 that the disciples did exactly as he asked. Is there anything Jesus is asking of you right now? Will you be obedient?

While one would expect a conquering king to triumphantly ride in on a stallion, Jesus rides in humbly on a donkey. What is one thing you can do to grow in humility?

The city is stirred to ask, "Who is this?" That really is the ultimate question. "Who is Jesus to you?" Do your lips and your life define him the same way?

Spend some time talking with God about these things.