Mark 11:1-14; 1 Kings 1; Hosea 4:11b-5:4
Throughout Jesus’ ministry the question of whether or not He was truly the Messiah buzzed in the background of those to whom He ministered. In fact, it often seemed as though Jesus deliberately tried to prevent such thinking as He constantly warned people NOT to tell others about Him. As Jesus approached the last week of His life on earth prior to the Crucifixion, the time had come to make His status clear. In a deliberate Messianic move, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. The crowd recognized what Jesus did. “Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: ‘Hosanna! “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” Blessed is the kingdom of our father David That comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!’” (Mark 11:9-10) It was an entry that would infuriate the Pharisees and seal His fate – or so they thought. For those who followed Jesus, it was now evident that He was proclaiming Himself to be the long awaited Messiah. There were no more secrets. It’s interesting that in the days that followed, while Jesus grew more intent on the way to the cross, it didn’t seem like people grew more intent on spreading the news. Jesus has never put restrictions on His followers since the Resurrection. We have been told to tell everyone about the Good News of Jesus. We have been told to make disciples of all nations as we spread the news that Jesus died for our sins, rose from the dead and seeks to bring us into a restored relationship with God. What amazing news! Perhaps it’s time to get a bit more intense and a bit more purposeful about sharing it.
Dear Lord, You have given us the greatest news in the world. You have the power to change the lives of people who are caught up in their sin by taking it away and restoring their relationship to You. How often do I sit silently when I should be telling others? Forgive me, Lord, and give me a sense of intensity and purpose as I obey You and share Your love and grace.