If the President or the Pope were to come to our city today, they would probably arrive by private jet and would travel in a motorcade of limousines filled with Secret Service agents or body guards. There would be much pageantry and splendor with their arrival. Depending on the occasion, a red carpet might be rolled out before them to signify their importance. By contrast, 1979 years ago today, there was a humble, yet memorable arrival of Jesus in the City of Jerusalem.
During his short life Jesus would travel to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, many times to visit his friends Mary, Martha and Lazarus.Bethanywas an easy two-mile walk to Jerusalem where Jesus ministered on several occasions. This time, however, His entry into Jerusalem would be different. This time Jesus knew that he would be entering Jerusalem as a culmination of his earthly work, the offer of the kingdom, and he knew he would be starting the last week of his earthly life. This entry would be a memorable entry.
As Jesus neared Bethphage, he sent two of his disciples to a nearby village where he told them they would find a donkey and a donkey colt on which no one had sat. They were to loose the colt and when asked they were to tell the owner that the Lord was in need of it so that the owner would immediately send the colt to Jesus. The disciples placed their cloths on the back of the colt giving Jesus a place to sit as he road the colt on this momentous occasion.
Jesus, fulfilled Zachariah’s prophesy in Zachariah 9:9, “Behold your King is coming to you, lowly and sitting on a donkey, a colt the foul of a donkey”, as he road this young donkey colt into Jerusalem those many years ago. There was to be no royal steed for Jesus, as he entered Jerusalem. There was no royal red carpet. Instead there were branches from Palm trees laid on the road and Palm tree branches waved in his honor. Jesus, The Messiah, The King of Kings, The Lord of Lords, in his humble state as he proudly sat in simple elegance on the back of a lowly donkey colt must have appeared more royal, more elegant, and more ceremonial to his followers than if he had been on a mighty steed and in flowing, elaborate robes.
Although, Jesus rode a lowly donkey those many years ago, he will one day ride a royal white horse befitting a King when he enters to establish His Kingdom. What a glorious entrance that will be!
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Revelations 19:11-16 (NIV)
Heavenly Lord, may we remember your Son Jesus with a renewed sense of awe and reverence this week. Help us to have sensitive spirits this week as we recall the price Jesus paid for our sins and the cruelty he endured on our behalf as he died on The Cross. May our JOY be full as we recall Jesus’ resurrection during Easter Season. Help us to be so spiritually full that we must share The Good News of Christ’s resurrection with others who do not know him as their Savior. And may we be filled with hope as we look forward to the day when Jesus will ride on a white horse.
In Jesus’ name,
Written 2007, originally posted 3/31/2012.
This was apparently written by an 8-year-old named Danny Dutton, who lives in Chula Vista , CA . He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment, to ‘explain God.’ I received a copy recently in email.
EXPLANATION OF GOD:
‘One of God’s main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn’t make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn’t have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.’
‘God’s second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times beside bedtime. God doesn’t have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this. Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.’
‘God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn’t go wasting his time by going over your mom and dad’s head asking for something they said you couldn’t have.’
‘Atheists are people who don’t believe in God. I don’t think there are any in Chula Vista … At least there aren’t any who come to our church.’
‘Jesus is God’s Son. He used to do all the hard work, like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn’t want to learn about God.. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that they didn’t know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K.’
‘His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him he didn’t have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps his dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones he can take care of himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important.’
‘You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time.’
‘You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there’s anybody you want to make happy, it’s God!
Don’t skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And besides the sun doesn’t come out at the beach until noon anyway.’
‘If you don’t believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can’t go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He’s around you when you’re scared, in the dark or when you can’t swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.’
‘But…..you shouldn’t just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases.
And…that’s why I believe in God.’
BUT… you really do not want to miss reading this one.
I wrote this piece a couple of years ago and have decided to rewrite it and share it again with many new readers. The title of this piece makes people pay attention when I say, “Martha had a BIG BUT”. It definitely gets your attention. You definitely get folks attention with that one! Now that I have your attention there is a deep spiritual lesson we will learn from Martha’s big BUT.
Jesus gets a message one of his best friends is gravely ill. The sisters of the man have sent Jesus a message that he needs to come very quickly because their brother is near death. Yet Jesus indicates to the disciples, that all is well and that his friend is sleeping, but he is going to go wake him up. What Jesus was saying which went right over their heads is that Jesus already knew that his…
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There are two ways to campaign for office: hire a consultant or do it yourself.
Consultants cost money; lots of it. They earn this money by raising money. Like lawyers who work on contingency, campaign consultants take home a piece of the money action that the campaign generates. They also run high-dollar, glitzy campaigns that are long on smears, slogans and invective-filled one-liners, all designed to pound home the party line while hiding the actual party agenda.
Candidates who are recruited by political parties get saddled up with a party-approved consultant early on. The candidate signs a contract with the consultant and that ends their contribution to the thinking end of the campaign process. From then on, their job is to meet voters and repeat what they’ve been told to say.
The weird part is that we wonder why they “betray” us once they’re in office. They don’t betray anybody…
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Happy 4th of July. This is a good read. I hope you enjoy this reblog.
We think we have it.
But do we?
Every Christian denomination in the USA is feeling a degree of pain right now. Statistics show we are closing 3,600 Christian churches per year. We are told that 80% of Christian churches have zero growth or are in decline.
And Christian denominational Leadership seems to be clueless.
I get really concerned when the guys I admire most, from the denominations I amire most are blind to our predicament!
Its almost as if Christ has, “taken away our candelstick. I fear we already are Ephasis of the Book of Revelation.
As a result, we have a lot of discussion about ,”What the Church in America Needs”,but I keep thinking of a few stories from the Bible as I read such articles.
Like when the disciples were in a boat on a lake and a storm threatened to capsize the boat. The disciples…
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