Lots of people went home that day with clothing that looked like a donkey had walked all over it because that is exactly what had happened.
Although their clothing was filthy, these people knew that it had been worth it! These were exciting times, they had welcomed the Messiah into Jerusalem and they believed that he had come to save them.
How about you? Would you lay your coat under a donkey for Jesus?
The people in the crowd gave their best to Jesus.
These weren’t likely to be people who had a wardrobe full of coats at home! If their coats were ruined then it was going to be costly to them as they would have had to of replaced this necessity out of their limited resources.
As the people saw Jesus, they couldn’t help but worship him!
Do we give our best to Jesus?
How will we worship him today?
Will we mumble a song or two or when we sing or will we focus on our saviour with a heart full of thanks.
How will we serve him today?
Will we consider doing God’s will only when we see what time and energy that we have leftover or will we give our best as a priority in whatever Jesus wants us to do? Are we open to serving Jesus wholeheartedly or does our agenda and will come first?
How will we give to him today?
Do we give our leftover pennies to God or do we give freely to God’s work believing that God has supplied us with all of our needs and that if he directs us to give then we should trust in him? How do we give our money, time, emotions and energy to God?
Many of you reading this have known Jesus for years. It’s fairly ironic that this crowd who met Jesus perhaps only once or twice worshiped him sacrificially and wholeheartedly in a way that some of us never have.
The key is to see Jesus as he is!
We should come to worship Jesus, focused on who he is rather than being consumed by ourselves. We may offer Jesus worship in Church today but we should also consider our everyday lives an offering of worship to him as well and we should make this offering with our eyes fixed on him!
It’s possible that Jesus looked odd on the donkey but the crowd saw beyond that. Perhaps as you look at the world, you have questions and are confused about why Jesus isn’t forcing peace and goodness on everyone. The world is in a mess and it’s hard to understand where God is in it all, but I hope that we will look beyond this as we trust in our Lord who came in peace on a donkey rather than in anger on a warhorse.
Jesus still comes in peace to us today, but one day he will return to judge the world and the god news is that we can spend eternity with him because of his acceptance, grace and love. We don’t have to be good enough to escape his judgement, we just have to trust in him as our Lord and Saviour knowing that if we do that he will save us.
Lord Jesus, open our eyes that we might see who you really are and as we see clearly, may we praise you in the way you deserve.
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