Palm Sunday Response


When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, there were several responses to him.  Their was adoration, rejection, and even ambivalence.  What is your response to Jesus today?  Jesus wept over the response of Jerusalem, because he came to bring them peace…

28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
Luke 19:28, 36-44

If you were there in Jerusalem that day, what would our response to Jesus be?  Would you throw your coat down in front of him in worship? Would you call out shouts of praise to the king?  Or would you tell the crowd to be quiet?

What is your response to Jesus?  We all have one.  We cannot escape coming into contact with the one man who changed the course of human history, whose life and death marks our calendar, whose name is revered by some and used to curse by many.

The earth itself will cry out in adoration to their creator if we do not.  The stones will cry out, Jesus says.  And so many miss his identity.  They miss his glory and his majesty and even his mercy…

This is why Jesus wept over Jerusalem.  They missed him.  They didn’t want to know that Jesus was bringing them peace.  And their rejection of him made his peace hidden from their eyes.  They didn’t recognize God’s coming to them, and their future would bear the marks of their rejection.

Is Jesus mourning your response to him? Does he long to commune with you, yet you reject the Lord?  Even today, you can change that.  Would you consider the story and teaching of Jesus? Would you consider his love for you and his mercy for your life?

Today is the day of God’s coming to you…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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