Sunday, March 25, 2018

Extended reading: none (we’ve gone back to Jesus entering Jerusalem for Palm Sunday)

Matthew 21:1-11

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

 

How do we know what the Lord wants us to do? In this part of scripture, the disciples were with Jesus and heard His direction. They knew what He wanted but maybe didn’t know why He was sending them to get a donkey. Do we always need to know why God is asking us to do something before we decide to do it? What if it just doesn’t make sense to us? What if it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with what we’ve asked or looked for? Is it right to start doing something we don’t understand?   The disciples were able to simply obey because they had a daily relationship with Jesus and observed from the past that He always had a reason, but they didn’t always understand at the time. It is that daily relationship with Jesus and keeping our eyes and hearts open that allows us to be able to recognize what He wants. That makes us co-workers with Him in furthering His kingdom on earth.

Jesus wants us to be active participants, not to be observers. Getting out of the boat like Peter, going to find a donkey like these two disciples, or going out without coats or money to preach the gospel if an act of faith. Faith is the key to our relationship with Christ. Faith is what allows us to see what God’s purpose is. Faith is what drives us. How can we be an active participant? Spending time in listening more than talking to God. The more we listen, the more of God’s purpose is made clear, and the easier it is for us to do those things we don’t quite understand.

 

Prayer

Jesus help me to be an active listener to what you tell me. Let me quiet myself, take my eyes off of me and place you in the center of my life. I want to be an active participant with You in the world. It may not be my plan, it may not be my want, but as I place You in the center, my plans are to have Your plans accomplished, my wants are what You desire. Let my life be wholly devoted to You. Amen

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