Wednesday Word 4.17.2019

Luke 19:28-40 New International Version

28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” 32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. 37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

As the true meaning of Jesus’ ministry unfolds, we can see all the events and circumstances that hark back to the Old Testament and the Prophets. They talked about the Messiah who was to come and incidents like this one fulfill those prophecies. This last trip to Jerusalem sets the scene for the culmination of Jesus’ walk among us.

Sometimes I realize that I must be making my way in something of a daze. I am so intent on whatever task is at hand, that I may miss what is going on around me. I am concentrating so diligently on the traffic when I drive that I take little notice of new construction or new signage or anything not traveling around me. I guess that is a good thing! But, I am probably missing the bigger picture. I wonder if the disciples weren’t the same way. They were so deeply immersed in what was taking place that they couldn’t see from a wider perspective. I forget that they didn’t have pocket sized versions of the Torah to refer to as they saw these events took shape. They were not all learned men. They may not have been able to see the pieces falling into place from where they stood.

Sometimes, we cannot see the pieces as they align. Sometimes it is difficult to understand why things happen as they do. Sometimes, we simply cannot see from that wider perspective. God’s perspective. I know that I must learn to trust the instructions he gives me…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki