Sunday, March 20, 2011

Was this the high point?

Was this the high point?

It would seen that the high point in Jesus' "career" was when he came into Jerusalem, riding on the preferred steed of kings, hailed as a king, and adulated by all.

Matthew 21:1 "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.’”[a]

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!”[c]

“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.”

Of course, we know the end of the story.
Just a few days later, another crowd in the same city is saying, "crucify him!"

What are the lessons to be learned?

Positive public opinion is sweet!
But it is also fickle!

Jesus received it, but did not rely on it. He did not internalize it. It did not change him, or even affect him.

A truly humble person does not ever entirely believe or internalize the adulation of the masses, or the glory of fame.

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