The crowds on Palm Sunday worshipped with great zeal, passion, and enthusiasm. But they lacked knowledge and submission, and so they quickly turn on Jesus.
Here’s a question for you: where are you lacking in your worship?
- Are you lacking zeal? We are commanded to worship God with shouts, claps, all the sorts of things you’d do when your favorite sport team wins. Is your worship lacking passion, energy, and enthusiasm?
- Are you lacking knowledge? Do you know that you don’t know and never will? This side of heaven we’ll never figure Jesus out entirely. Do you embrace this truth? Or are you spending too much time trying to figure Jesus out before you worship him?
- Are you lacking submission? Are you submitted to Jesus’ reign in every area of your life? We all make mistakes and we are frail, that’s for sure. But is there any area in your life where you are willfully and continually resisting Jesus’ reign?
On Palm Sunday, we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
The crowds hail Jesus: “You are our King.” Jesus responds: “I am your King.” This is a wonderful moment of agreement and celebration.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t last long. What happened? On closer examination, there’s not as much agreement on Palm Sunday as we’d hoped.
The crowd hails Jesus as the warring King: “You are our King, and so go to war for Israel.” Jesus displays himself as the peaceful King: “I am your King, bringing peace to the nations.”
Who is King? Everyone agrees it’s Jesus. How should he reign? There’s no agreement there. The zeal, the passion, the enthusiasm for Jesus on Palm Sunday was real. Unfortunately, that zeal lacked knowledge (what kind of king?) and submission (his ways will be my ways).
From Ruth Hartunian-Alumbaugh
It’s spring break week here at the University of Connecticut. And while it doesn’t feel anything like spring, new things are still happening. Even in the midst of the “old”, there is still “new.”
From Steve Bell.
We’re King of the Hill fans at the Bell household. My kids are grown but I miss dinners where our entire conversation consisted of lines from the show.
In season 3, Bill has a breakdown of sorts and Hank and the boys look after him in shifts. It begins to wear on all of them and Dale finally complains and says, “Hank, you know it’s not in my nature to care about others.
This struck me from the moment I heard it. So much so, that I began to use it as a deflection when people would thank me. After I’d helped the old lady across the street, or after I’d pushed the pregnant mom and her stroller from the path of a speeding car full of bank robbers, they’d thank me profusely and I’d say, “It’s not in my nature to care about others.”
This didn’t work so well, so I stopped. It wasn’t worth the time to explain the cultural reference and it was a little less than gracious response.
But uttering the words brought it home to me. It’s not in my unredeemed nature to care about others. Thankfully I have been redeemed through Christ and it changes everything.
The great thing about growing in Christ is that our behavior becomes instinctive. We spend less time thinking about the right thing, we just do it. The more we do it, the less difficult the decisions become.
I have less trouble doing the right thing than I used to. But maybe I can learn to offer a more gracious response when people thank me. My grandfather had a habit of slipping me dollar bills whenever he saw me and I wasn’t sure what I should say. My Mom said, “Just take them and say thank you.”
So that’s my new approach- take the compliments and say Thank You. But I sure do miss the confusion on people’s faces…