Devotion for Saturday, March 31

Brooke Eikenberry Lent 2012

Saturday, March 31

Mark 11:  1 – 11

Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a Donkey

These verses tell of Jesus coming into Jerusalem on the Sunday of the week he would be crucified.  He came for the great Passover festival which was about to begin.  Jews came from all over the Roman kingdom for this week-long festival to remember the great exodus from Egypt.  And many in the crowd had heard of Jesus and were hoping he would come.

Jesus did come, not as they may have expected him to on a horse or fine chariot, but in a gentle and peaceable way on a donkey.

The people welcomed him with cries of “Hosanna.   Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”   However, these people are the same people who would cry “Crucify him” when Jesus stood at trial only a few days later.

How perplexing this all is and how it shows how very fickle people can be.  On this day, they were calling Jesus blessed, but before the end of the week, they would condemn him to die on the cross.

I think these verses remind us to examine ourselves and remember how quickly public opinion can change.  Are we part of a crowd that wavers, or do we hold true to what we know to be right and just?  Do we stand for our beliefs, or do we just go along with the crowd endorsing what seems to be the popular thing at the moment?

As the poet said “To thine own self be true”.

-Submitted by Kathy Martin

GPS Questions:

It is quite possible that there were those who followed Jesus believing the Messiah would have a political agenda. What is the politics of Jesus? As you bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord, what part of the Messiah’s agenda do you celebrate?

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