Jesus Enters Jerusalem as a King
Luke 19: 32-41
32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”34 They replied, “The Lord needs it. 35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”, “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” 41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.
As most of you know I have just returned from my “Walk to Emmaus” weekend and I returned with the glow of the Lord on my face and in my heart. My son has bugged me for two years to attend the weekend, in part because of his experience from his “Chrysalis” (the youth version of Emmaus) weekend, where he returned in the same condition that I did, knowing that God loves us and desires us above all things. The unconditional love that you read in the scriptures, is experienced firsthand on this weekend through God’s faithful servants. The second reason my son wanted me to attend was his desire for us to do ministry together on a future “Chrysalis” weekend, for that to happen, it is a requirement that I experience this weekend myself. So my original intent was to do this for my son, muscle through the weekend and try to come out the other side unscathed. All of my previous encounters with the Emmaus Community left me feeling that I was walking dangerously close to a crazy cult who were wildly committed to Christ, too committed I would think to myself, I did not trust them.
It took till Sunday morning before the full realization hit me of how prideful I had been; that this weekend was not me doing this for my son, but my son doing this for the love of me and I wept. I had not realized before this weekend how spiritually parched I was, the same as you do not know how dry a potted plant is until you start pouring water on it. These men of Emmaus kept pouring the water of God’s love on my soul and I sucked it up till I was overflowing, Sunday evening I felt that I finally understood the Emmaus Community for the first time, they were not just crazy; they were crazy for Christ and they had a crazy desire that all people should know God’s love. When you receive your Emmaus cross at the end of the weekend you are told “Christ is counting on you” and your reply is “And I on Christ.”
When you leave the weekend, it is called the fourth day and the fourth day is what you do as a disciple of Christ for the rest of your life.
As we approach Palm Sunday and Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem I would like us to keep a few things in mind, God is counting on us to advance His kingdom, to express His love for His creation through acts of kindness and service. If you are not in service for the Lord, then you are the tied up colt and as long as we are tied to something we are not of much use to the master. What has you tethered to the post? Selfishness, greed, fear, grief, addictions, lack of confidence or past regrets? Do you feel that you are not good enough for Jesus to use you as a vehicle? Think again, the Lord is in need of you to carry Him through the streets and cities, if you feel tied to a post, reach out and ask some faithful disciples to help you get untied, so you can serve the Lord with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind. All of creation, even the stones proclaim Christ as Lord, have you? Jesus tells us that peace is right under our nose if only we would open our eyes and embrace it. This peace is in him and is waiting for you.
Pastor Scott and (Pastor Jenny)