Our scripture this week is Matthew 21:1-11.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Matthew 21:10-11

Jesus was apparently well known and the crowds were able to identify Him to others. His ministry around the region had attracted the attention of those looking for a new way of living and those who were troubled by His teachings. Jesus called people to a connection with God that had always been there for them, but they had never fully seen it.

Some were ready and willing, feeling the energy He brought to their faith, the courage of knowing God was with them through every trial. Others felt their positions and power threatened, fearful that this new prophet could indeed change the world. Regardless of their own feelings, no one was left untouched by His coming for us.

Are you feeling the power of the Lord reaching out you? On which side do you find yourself – expecting a change or fearful it will occur? Our lives are always affected by what goes on around us, but with His help we can live in faith, knowing our present situation is not the end. God said “Be not afraid, I go before you always” (Deuteronomy 31:8) and we can always trust His promise.

Loving Lord, we are often afraid and confused by the situations we face. Help us to trust in You, following the path that is planned for us through Your grace and mercy. Amen.

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