Out scripture this week is 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!” 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.”
Triumph! That’s what many people were thinking as Jesus rode in to Jerusalem that day. Tragedy! That was the thought of others who didn’t share the excitement, who feared the change Jesus brought. No matter who they were, they expected something from Jesus’ arrival.
How about us? What do we expect from Jesus? We too often don’t expect anything, preferring to just muddle along in our own way. Jesus wants us to react! His coming demands a response from us, the believer’s “Hosanna!” or the doubter’s question.
Jesus doesn’t mind if you have questions, people asked Him things all the time. Jesus knows that if you have questions He can engage with you, perhaps not always giving the answer you expect, but being in connection and discussion. Reach out to Him in everything, joy and success; fear and loss. “Jesus knows our every weakness, take it to the Lord in prayer”.
Gracious God, thank You for the gift of salvation through Christ our Lord. Bless us to be His disciples, sharing the joy of His coming with all the world. Amen.