The Lord Be With You Today!
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage
and Bethany at the Mount of Olives,
(Bethphage was the place just outside Jerusalem
where the leaders of the Sanhedrin made
some of their specific legal judgments for the nation.
When Jesus sent His disciples to get His royal transport
from this town whose name means the House of Unripe Figs
and later cursed the fig tree near the town,
He was, in effect, saying to the nation’s leaders
that their efforts had not brought forth the fruit they were supposed to,
that their season was over, and that His authority now overruled theirs.
Just as we see that our own efforts have not brought forth
the fruit we were supposed to produce,
as He approaches us today, He is telling us
that our season of ineffectiveness is over
and that His authority rules over us.
Today, in the same way that Jesus approaches His destiny in Jerusalem,
so today He is bringing us into our destiny with Him.)
Jesus sent two of His disciples, saying to them,
(He calls us out and sends us to walk out the purposes He has planned
for the part we are to play to fulfill His mission in our lives.)
“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. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say,
‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”
(Showing their complete obedience, the disciples follow His directions
without regard for all the possible consequences of their actions,
but trusting in His directive.
Many of us would have resisted such compliance
with all of kinds of justifications,
of worries of what others might think,
of the possible trouble we might be opening ourselves to,
of having other and more important things to do,
of doing something so seemingly insignificant,
of the appearance of taking something that didn’t belong to us.
Today may we walk out His instructions to us
with the same kind of faith and trust these disciples show in their obedience.)
They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway.
As they untied it, some people standing there asked,
“What are you doing, untying that colt?”
They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go.
(As the Lord shows us the way to proceed,
we can trust that His Word is complete and true
and that the end result will be exactly as He has foretold and promised us.)
When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, He sat on it.
Many people spread their cloaks on the road,
while others spread branches they had cut in the fields.
(In excitement and joy, the people showed Jesus
the kind of respect accorded to a victorious King.
May we be willing to shed our outer facades and lay them down at His feet
as a tangible sign of reverence and obedience.
May we be willing to cut down the palm branches
of our successes and accomplishments
and spread them out before Him as a sign of our submission to Him.)
Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
(Our prayer today is the same as the Israelites’ cry 2,000 years ago,
praise and adoration to Him Who comes in the Name of the Lord,
Whose coming Kingdom fulfills the ancient promises of God,
and a plea for the Lord to save us from the bondage in which we live.)
Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts.
(Even as King Jesus Himself went straight to the place of worship,
may we also follow Jesus and enter into the place
where the presence of the Lord resides,
allowing Him to guide us into the temple courts of our lives
to praise and worship Him today.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ’s love,
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