I wonder what he did on Monday.

April 18, 2011

I know, this was yesterday’s Word.  But I had other things on my mind yesterday.

John 12: 12 – 12 The next day the great crowd (Perhaps as many as a half-a-million people were visiting the city for Passover.) that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13They took palm branches  (The Hebrew flag, at that time.) and went out to meet him, shouting,

“Hosanna!”  (Lord save us!)

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”(the Jews were ready for Messiah.)

“Blessed is the king of Israel!” (They were ready for a king.)

14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:  15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;  see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”

16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. (Did you ever notice how the significance of an event is often not felt until a later time, after a bit of reflection has taken place?)  Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.  (Hindsight is twenty-twenty, and we still miss the point sometimes.)

17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word.  (These guys were impressed with Jesus.  They would have taken up arms if he had asked them.)   18 Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. (Some just wanted to see the miracle worker, others were hoping to see a miracle.) 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”  (Now what are they going to do?)

Do you notice the different kinds of people?  The pastor at church yesterday mentioned three different kinds of people.  I think there might have been more.

Interested bystanders watching the show from a distance;  disinterested bystanders who were just waiting for a spot at the bar when this fellow showed up; hopeful followers looking for yet another sign from heaven;  jealous leaders biding their time impatiently; those who had been healed who were now sold out believers; spectators with expectations;  the mob that wanted to kill him; the mob who wanted to crown him king; those whom he had touched, and with that one touch had set them free; the twelve followers which had grown to almost a mega-church, who were ready for anything, or so they thought.   Who else might have been there?

Now move two thousand years into the future.  Read the list again in light of today’s take on Jesus.  Who else is there now?  The list hasn’t really changed much, has it.  There are ardent followers, whole-hearted worshipers, critics, cynics, those too busy to bother  or too busy to care, some hate him, some love him, and some are still waiting for their spot at the bar.

And he died for every one of them.  And he loves them all.

I wonder what he did on Monday.


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