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On the Road to Calvary: Part 1

Over the last couple of weeks, I have tried to use the time to evaluate my heart before God – asking Him to deepen my understanding of His love and convict me of areas not aligning with Him.

How have you been using your time? What has God been speaking to you? Let me know by replying to this email.

The more time I have spent with God, the more He has been speaking to me about the Body of Christ entering Her greatest hour – all for the purpose of glorifying Jesus.

Jesus often gets overlooked for manifestations, prophetic words, and religious rituals. As we enter Holy Week let’s fix our eyes on Jesus!

Jesus the Prophet

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.’”

Luke 19:29-31

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.

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 the Prince of 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!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”

Matthew 21:7-9

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.

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 the Admired

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

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.

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 are the same ones shouting “Crucify Him!” days later.

Jesus never sought admirer, but disciples. Disciples do not just admire Jesus; they want to learn from Him and become like Him – no matter the cost.

As we enter Holy Week, spend some time examining your heart with God. Have you been living as a Christian in name only, more concerned about the approval of people around you than God? Or are you living as a true disciple, following Jesus even when it costs you everything?

Let’s be a people who set our focus on Jesus, our passion on God’s presence and experience His miraculous power!

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