Our scripture reading this week is Luke 19:28-40, telling of Jesus and His followers entering Jerusalem for the Passover celebration. There are shouts acclaiming Jesus as King and blessing His coming. People are happy but there is an undertone of concern.
The religious and political establishment are afraid of things getting out of hand. Marching into a Roman occupied city and proclaiming a new king is a dangerous thing. Both the Roman governor and the Jewish leaders are threatened by Jesus popularity and His teachings. If there is a popular revolt, where will this leave them?
The Pharisees attempt to quiet the crowd, asking Jesus to silence them – knowing that only He can stop the raucous celebration. Jesus says “I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” (Luke 19:40), indicating that creation itself celebrates the coming of our savior.
What about us? Are we celebrating or are we worried about upsetting earthly matters? We are told that the things of this world will pass away when Jesus returns in power and glory. We must be ready to follow Him home!
Gracious God, help us to celebrate the coming of Jesus as we should, with joy and reverence. We are thankful that He is willing to teach us and love us and save us from our sins. Help us to be faithful followers, sharing the Good News of His salvation with all the world. Amen.