Wednesday Word 4.12.2017

Matthew 21:1-11. New international Version

21 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.”

Expectations.  Sometimes our expectations are so high that we totally miss the boat. It often happens in our relationships.  I remember a wonderful workbook that the pastor who performed our marriage gave us to prepare for the big day, lo, these years ago.  One of the most startling lessons we learned during that exercise was to reconcile our expectations with reality.  We thought we knew each other so well!  What we learned was that we still looked at some things from such a different perspective and had very different attitudes about them.  It gave us the opportunity to talk about these differences and not be taken by surprise or be angered when these expectations were not being met.  We learned to compromise about the important things and get over the unimportant ones.  I wish I had purchased a case of those workbooks to give to friends.  It might have made a big difference in a few marriages had they understood each other better from the beginning.

Those who had heard of Jesus had expectations about his coming to Jerusalem.  They wanted something from him. The Pharisees had very particular expectations of him.  They thought that he was there to challenge and undermine their power and authority.  Even the disciples had expectations that were to be exploded by the events to come.

What do you expect from Jesus?  Do you treat him like Santa?  Like the Cavalry to come to the rescue?  Do you have any idea what he expects from you?  I don’t know if we ever give that enough thought.  There is a resource to help guide you to the life that you were created to live.  There is someone to help you along the way.  There is someone to whom we should be grateful…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki