Wednesday Word 3.28.2018
Mark 11:1-11 New International Version
11 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’” 4 They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5 some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6 They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. 7 When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. 8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” 10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
I guess its because I know what is coming, this part of the story always makes me sad. It makes me sad because I am a member of the species commonly known as human beings. Fickle, inconstant, self-serving human beings. It is easy for us to condemn the Israelites who turn against Jesus so quickly. We believe that we could never be so shallow or easily swayed. You would think that the people who watched the Red Sea part so that they could escape the pursuing Egyptians wold remain faithful to the God who saved them. Yet as soon as Moses was gone for a while up the mountainside to get instructions from God, they melt down the gold they have drug across the deserts and form a golden calf to worship. Faithless. The people of Jerusalem grow disenchanted as Jesus entered the city and called out the leaders for their sins. Faithless. They wanted Jesus to do something for them. Something big. They had no idea just how big it would be.
We know what happens and still we aren’t much better. We want it to be easy. We want God do things for us. Big things. And we want them now. We don’t like the part where we have to obey. We don’t like the part where we are not in control of the world. Do we honor our Lord, even when no one else is watching? Do we follow his precepts when it is easier to do our own thing? Do we let the things of this world get in the way of our connection to God? What are you willing to do to thank Jesus for the unbelievable sacrifice he has made for us?…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki