A Temporary Love

The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem.  They took palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting,  “Hosanna!”  “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”  “Blessed is the King of Israel!”

Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written,  “Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”  John 12:12-16.

I’m always fascinated and a little afraid when a crowd turns enthusiastic about someone.  Mob rule isn’t just a myth because history proves it over and over.  For example, a demonstration for getting out of the war here in Portland turned ugly as some people started hitting cars and breaking storefront windows.  The juxtaposition of a “peace” rally with the violence I saw struck me between the eyes. 

People from all over came to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, and, as “luck” would have it, they were able to catch a glimpse of the famous rabbi, Jesus of Nazareth.  He not only came to Jerusalem but did something quite unusual, He rode a young donkey into the city, a sign of Scripture that He considered becoming king.  This tradition went back a thousand years for the Jewish monarchs.  The prospects of having a king again meant possible deliverance from other nations oppressing Israel and finally gaining autonomy.

Almost anybody will join in a celebration or parade cuz they’re fun.  I don’t think some of the people even knew what it was about but they joined in anyway.  Yet a lot of them understood clearly what was going down and their excitement looked forward to Jesus becoming king and overthrowing the Romans.  The cries of “Hosanna!” among others spoke to their expectations for Jesus.

Yet not to many days distant from this one, the would be crying for His blood.

Kind of a stark contrast would you say?

Many Christians today will stand for Jesus while its popular to do so, then fall away from orthodoxy the moment it become inconvenient.  My question for myself and anyone reading this blog is:  What happens to our faith when the poop hits the fan and following Jesus’ through His Word becomes politically incorrect or a crime against the government?  It has happened before, it will happen again.  Those who sometimes seem the most enthusiastic will be the very ones crying out for blood.

The evidence of enthusiasm is never a good meter for reading how well the gospel is doing in the world around us.  The only way to know a person’s heart is by their fruit, which means they must demonstrate the characteristics of Christ.

At least the Pharisees were true to their own nature with one another.  They showed their jealousy of Jesus when they said,  “See, this is getting us nowhere.  Look how the whole world has gone after Him!”

God would rather we be hot or cold towards Him than lukewarm.  I prefer to be His.


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One Response to “A Temporary Love”

  1. tlc4women Says:

    Amen! Amen!

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