2021_03_19 Insight Post- Emma Keeton
This week's reading- Matthew 21 & 22
“See your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey”
I've spent much of my life going through the motions of what it means to be a good Christian. Go to church once a week, read your bible every day and do enough good things. I knew there had to be more because just doing this alone did not satisfy the empty longings I had. It wasn't until I allowed Jesus into the dusty corners of my life did I find that 'more.' Jesus wanted to transform all of me, but I had kept certain areas locked up and out of his reach.
Matthew chapter 21 gives the account of Jesus entering into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. It was Jesus' last time coming to Jerusalem and he intended to leave no doubt as to his majesty. Although he had not been accustomed to public displays, Jesus rides into Jerusalem the same way a King would have in a time of peace. The crowds respond excitedly and recognize Jesus as the Messiah. They shout “Hosanna to the Son of David.” which literally means “save us!” The people laid palm branches on the ground as a symbol of goodness and victory. The whole scene is brimming with meaning, all pointing to who Jesus is.
Jesus rode into Jerusalem knowing the cross was ahead of him. He was to be the sacrifice that would pay for all our sin. Jesus loves us so much he died for us to give us abundant life. So it's only fitting that as a response we give everything to him. There is no point in holding onto pain or shame because Jesus has paid for us to live a life empowered by the Holy Spirit. Jesus wants to be Lord of your life. What would it mean to allow him to come into your life as King?
Read through the following verses and ask the Lord to highlight any parts of your life that are not yielded to him.
“Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” “Then Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and head as well!” (John 13:8-9)
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