Silence and Stillness before God (2 minutes)
After telling this story, Jesus went on toward Jerusalem, walking ahead of his disciples. As he came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples ahead. “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks, ‘Why are you untying that colt?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” So they went and found the colt, just as Jesus had said. 33And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?” And the disciples simply replied, “The Lord needs it.” So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on. As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him. When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen. “Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord!Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!” But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, “Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!” He replied, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”
The multitude formed as Jesus approached the city of Jerusalem. The mood became one of jubilation as they laid down their cloaks on the roadway and spread branches for their king. They didn’t realize just how great a king this Jesus was going to be, a far greater king than any earthly monarch. He would break the chains of spiritual bondage, bring the sting of death to nothing, and open wide the gates to heaven. He did this by washing his disciples’ grimy feet one foot at a time, bearing the thirty nine lashes and giving his very life for you and me. It sounds very different than the kings of the earth who take their territory by force, manipulation and cruel armies. If the multitudes rejoiced upon the Messiah’s entry into Jerusalem, we have a million times more reason to rejoice! He paved the way for our inner peace by his servitude.
Question to Consider
How willing am I to study the scriptures to discover all the secrets of Christ’s true kingship in my heart?
Lord, keep me diligent in my study of your Word and application of it in my life.
Conclude with Silence (2 minutes)
The 40 days of decrease blogs have been inspired by the book “40 Days of Decrease” by Alicia Britt Chole.