10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Upon their arrival to Jerusalem, Jesus makes a peculiar request to His disciples. He asks them to seek a donkey and a colt at the front of the village and to bring it him. I’m sure that the disciples were confused thinking that this wasn’t anything close to a procession or the coming of a King into Jerusalem. In obedience, they brought the donkey and colt to Him as the crowds began preparing the entry way with their cloaks and branches. Jesus mounts the donkey creating the most humbling entourage of what might seem like a farmer coming back from the countryside. Throngs of people surrounded Him say they chanted “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the lord! Hosanna in the highest!”. Questions began arising throughout all of Jerusalem as many might have been expecting what they thought was a king rather than peasant. The people respond that this is in fact the one that we’ve been waiting or: Jesus Christ of Nazareth of Galilee!
If we were to look at the current events just within the past week, I think a lot of us can agree that things are not always what they seem. With two celebrity suicides (Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain) along with one of the most historical summit meetings in Singapore between President Donald Trump and Kim Jun Un, we are all shocked, saddened, and confused. It’s so easy to formulate an assumption, opinion, and judgement upon a person or a situation based on what we read in media (which isn’t always accurate) or what we hear from other people (which can also be flawed). Many of us have personally experienced judgement or condemnation, and our initial response is always something along the lines of, “If they could only know the real story.” I am guilty of thinking that Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain had it all with nothing to complain about without really knowing what’s truly going on deep down inside their souls. I passed judgement on President Donald Trump and Kim Jun Un based on their history, their current behaviors, and also being swayed by the opinions of others. I am for sure that this isn’t how any of us wants to be valued (or devalued) as human beings. What I’m learning from Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem along the lines of some of the headline news is to not be quick to judge, take time to understand more, and be prayerful of people that God considers His sons and daughters with faith, hope, and love. Even though we all might be a bit messed up in our own ways, we need to get past our perceptions at face value and dive deeper into the hearts of humanity. In the end it’s God who will be the ultimate judge, so it’s our responsibility to constantly examine our own hearts, get right with Him, and lay down our agendas trusting that His righteousness will prevail especially in areas that we need to completely release to Him.
Thank you Father God, for using the most recent events taking places within our world to help me more examine the person who I have become. Forgive me for being quick to judge other people or situations based on things that are more surface rather than being more prayerful to see things through Your eyes. Help me find peace especially in the things that are too wonderful and marvelous to understand, submit to the authorities that You have placed within my life, and let my words be few so that I can be fully on board participating in Your move of the Holy Spirit.