Wednesday Word 4.08.2020
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, 2 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. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 “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.’” 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 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.”
Jesus created quite a stir as he arrived in Jerusalem to fulfill the prophecy and the will of his Father. Those who knew of him were thrilled to see him come. Those who loved him were pleased to see the response. Those who did not know him wondered what all the hullabaloo was about. We know what the real story was. We know what is coming next.
There is a lot of hullabaloo going on right now. I hear an awful lot of pontificating from a whole lot of folks, most of whom are just repeating someone else’s postulations and that someone they heard may or may not have a clue. The atmosphere is thick with theories and dire predictions and a different kind of virus. A virus of fear. It is all so unsettling and disturbing. The problem for us is that we don’t know what is coming next. Or do we?
No matter who the crowds thought Jesus was, Jesus was Jesus, Son of God. No matter what happens next in our world today, Jesus is still Jesus, Son of God. This is the time to reflect on these things, these last few days of Lent. We do know what ultimately lies ahead. Jesus told us so. We do know that we are loved. Jesus told us so. Let’s use the sense God gave us and take the precautions shared with us by those with more knowledge about how this world works, but let us not live in fear. We are redeemed. Jesus told us so…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki