|Posted on March 20, 2016 at 9:40 AM|
For the past 3 weeks we have talked about people rejecting the truth. Well, today we celebrate what is referred to as Palm Sunday, The day that we remember Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the beginning of what is referred to as the Passion Week. Bible scholars point out the many ways in which Jesus was presenting Himself as the Messiah, but for our purposes it is enough to see the reaction of His followers and of the common people as He came into the city that day.
It is very clear that they believed that their Savior had come, the Son of David. In contrast to this, the Religious and Political leaders had quite a different response. Why? Their minds had already been made up and nothing that He could say or do, including miracles, could change that. Their only purpose was to figure out how they could turn the people against Him and destroy Him and they could justify every signal thing that they did, even if it was illegal. They were not like the simple peasants; they had not been taken in by this 'Teacher from Galilee'. They were the elite, they were the educated, and they were the ones whom God had obviously chosen to lead His people. It was up to them to reject such a man as this ‘Jesus, the carpenter's son’. He was not from Jerusalem. He had not been trained in the “best” schools. He was not one of them, one of the elite. He was nothing but a “common man” growing up and hanging out with common and uneducated people. In fact, He had even been known to associate with publicans and sinners, and no reputable person, let alone a “Rabbi” would do such a thing as that. Once again, it was their pride that had deceived them. They had seen the Truth, they had heard the Truth, they had even seen the miracles that He had done in the Temple with their own eyes, but they had rejected the truth and their pride would not allow them to see it any other way.
We often think, ‘Well if I had been one of those leaders, I would have accepted the Truth and would have stood up for Him.’ But would we really have set aside our own pride and our prejudice and humbled ourselves to the point where we would have risked being rejected by our friends and would we have chosen Him over our position, our reputation, our family, and our friends? Well, the real question is simply this: What about today? Will you chose Him? Will you turn your back on all others and accept Him as your God and King. Will you acknowledge your own pride and rebellion and accept His payment for your sins. Will you even acknowledge your sins? John 1:11-12 tells us: “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name”. - Pastor Tim