Recently, as I have spent time with God He has been speaking to me about the Body of Christ entering Her greatest hour – all for the purpose of glorifying Jesus.
Jesus can sometimes get overlooked for miracles, manifestations, prophetic words, and religious rituals. As we prepare for Resurrection Sunday let’s fix our eyes on Jesus!
In this week’s issue of Walking on Water Weekly, let’s look at some qualities of Jesus displayed leading up to Calvary.
Jesus Knows Your Story
Throughout scripture you see Jesus as the Prophet foretelling what is to come. Jesus not only sent His disciples to pickup the colt, He also knew someone would question them and told them what to say before they left.
When He came near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples, saying, “Go over into the village opposite you, where, as you enter, you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’ ” Those who were sent went and found it just as He had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They said, “The Lord has need of it.”(Luke 19:29-34)
Jesus knows your story and the circumstances you face today. He is inviting you to seek Him for the direction you need because every answer can be found in Him.
Jesus is the Prince of Peace
The disciples brought Jesus the donkey and placed their cloaks and prayer shawls on it for Him to ride.
Jesus didn’t need to display imperial power by riding a horse, an animal often used in war. A donkey is an animal of peace, Jesus showed that He alone establishes everlasting peace.
They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their garments on them, and He sat on them. A very large crowd spread their garments on the road. Others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went before Him and that followed Him cried out:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!(Matthew 21:7-9)
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”
As Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, He was displaying the character of the kingdom of God – revealing a kingdom not built on human strength but supernatural wonder.
Your peace isn’t dependent on the systems of this world but founded on Christ alone.
Jesus is Lord
The crowds in Jerusalem are looking for someone to rally around, a revolutionary hero to stand against the corrupt political and religious leaders of the day.
Jesus is a man of the people – eating with the outcasts and talking with prostitutes. Rumors have reached everyone that He could heal people, feed people, and that when He prayed evil spirits fled.
When He entered Jerusalem, the entire city was moved, saying, “Who is He?” The crowds said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”(Matthew 21:10-11)
As Jesus rides into Jerusalem, He is followed by crowds of admirers.
Admirers marvel at words or deeds and filter their admiration through the person they admire being the answer to their problems.
Most people will follow Jesus with admiration to a point – that point is the cross.
The people shouting with joy as Jesus entered Jerusalem were the same ones shouting “Crucify Him!” days later.
Jesus never sought admirers or worshippers, but disciples. Disciples do not just admire Jesus; they want to learn from Him and become like Him – no matter the cost.
As we prepare for Resurrection Sunday – spend some time examining your heart with God. Have you been living as a Christian in name only, concerned about the approval of people around you? Or are you living as a true disciple, following Jesus even when it costs you something?