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: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Luke 19:37-38

Jesus entered Jerusalem followed by a crowd that proclaimed Him king and shouted loud praises. Some of them were His closest friends, who had been with Him since the beginning of His public ministry. Others had just become aware of Him, some believing and some just caught up in the scene.

This is pretty much our situation as we prepare for Holy Week – some are Jesus’ old friends, some new believers and some along for the ride. There is room for all of us, and Jesus welcomes all of us, calling us all to deepen our commitment and grow in our understanding of His love.

Regardless of where you are on the “belief scale”, Jesus loves you and has things you can accomplish for His kingdom. Don’t let the ways of the world hold you back! Jesus invites everyone to be part of His work, no matter who you are or where you’ve been.

Loving Lord, thank You for calling us all into Your mission in the world. Show us the part we have to play, strengthen us against the opposition we will face, and make us joyful servants of Your kingdom. Amen.

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