Wednesday, April 1, 2020

No need to fear; your King is here!

In all the hype about COVID-19 and Shelter-in-Place directives, have we all lost sight of the fact this coming Sunday is Palm Sunday?

This time of year is when we celebrate the coming of the Messiah as King. That day, the people shouted, "Hosanna," which means "save now!" 

Truth is, we need Him just as much today as we did then.

I'm sharing a post from the archives about that wonderful day. Read on:

Did you just ever need to be saved from something?

People need to be saved from tyranny, bullying and aggression, but most often from the bad choices they have made in their own lives.

Back in the time of the crucifixion, the Jews were only interested in having a political King. A King who could get them. Out. Of. Their. Mess.

They didn't realize the bigger mess was their spiritual lives and it was more important to be saved spiritually than politically. After all, your spiritual life lasts forever.

John 12
12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

14 And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,

15 Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.

16 These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

What a busy week in Jesus' life! The resurrecting of Lazarus, the adoration of Mary with her alabaster box, the crowds paying homage to Jesus as He rode a lowly donkey through the streets.

And that was just the beginning of the most momentous week this world has ever seen.

It's kind of ironic that the King of the Universe would show up riding the foal of a donkey. I mean, it's not even a full grown donkey! You'd think He would be riding a pure white palomino horse decked out in royal purple with trappings of silver and gold.

But God never does anything in the way we would think. His ways are higher, purer.

God has always intended that anyone at all can approach Him. You don't have to be part of the upper crust, one of blue-blooded royalty, nor even Ivy-League educated. He came for the thief, the prostitute, the crooked politician (otherwise known as the tax collector in scripture). You could be the cutter, the crazy person crying in the tombs. You can be the poorest of the poor and He will take you in. You just have to have a searching repentant heart and you can find your Savior.

In essence, He said on that long ago Palm Sunday, "You don't have to be afraid anymore. Here I am, Your King comes, dressed just like you and riding an animal just like you do. Come to me, just as you are. I will save you from yourself."

And isn't that what we all need? Just to be saved from ourselves ...

In this age of pandemic fears, stock piling and shortages, I've resurrected some of my earlier posts about the fears we all experience. I'm calling it F.E.A.R. - False Evidence Appearing Real because most of what we are afraid of is in our minds. Today we've dealt with the fear of both political and spiritual disaster.

You can also look at my last post, "Speak Up, Now More Than Ever," which deals with the fear of saying what needs to be said.

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  1. We as believers are positioned so well for this new normal. May God give us more trust in Him and more understanding of who He is. Blessings.

  2. Thank you, Jerralea, for these reminders! God rarely does things the way we would expect, that is so true. I am constantly reminded of that fact. I'm glad we can trust Him. He is faithful. He is good.

    Thank you for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

  3. I love that we can still praise God in the midst of this!


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