- Justin Brownlee
Jesus' Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem, Matthew 21:1-11
"When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, 'The Lord needs them.' And he will send them immediately." This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,
"Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey."
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
"Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!"
When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, "Who is this?" The crowds were saying, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee."
Thanks for joining us this morning LIVE on Facebook. As we enter Holy Week, we are definitely in unprecedented times. But so was the first Holy Week. We read about Palm Sunday with the benefit of hindsight. We know the kingdom Jesus established was an eternal one, not an earthly one. Yet, we still find ourselves in the same place as those who were confused when Jesus didn't live up to their expectations.
If we are honest, we walk through life with expectations for God. And while God does wonderful things for us, His plans don't necessarily follow our expectations (see COVID-19). It is then that we decide whether we are faithful followers or fair-weather fans.
Are we willing to trust God and His plans for our lives - even when things don't look like we thought they would?
Do you have expectations of God? If so, what are they? Be honest.
Do you let your expectations and outcomes affect your love and pursuit of God? If so, how?
Think back. When is the last time God moved in a way you didn't expect? What did you learn from that experience?
At Anchor Church, we exist to love and lead one another with the hope of Jesus. We hope this devotional is an encouragement and an inspiration.
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