Tuesday, April 12, 2011
This coming Sunday we will be focusing on Matthew 21.1-11. This is Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It is truly a festive and emotional text. While at the same time it is a text that is foreshadowing Golgatha. Verse 10 really hits home for me: "When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, 'Who is this?'" Isn't this what we are all asking ---- who is this Jesus of Nazareth? Isn't he the carpenter's son? Isn't he the one that was born in the barn of Bethlehem? Isn't he the one that healed the blind man? Isn't he the one that raised Lazarus from the dead? Isn't he the one that was tempted by the devil? Here, we see Jesus riding in with a donkey and a colt (verse 7), and the crowds were over whelming. We are much like these crowds ---- willing to follow when it is festive and joyous ---- but when it involves the crucifixion, do we still follow?