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Servitude and Obedience

Posted: Monday, November 9, 2009 in Matthew, New Testament
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Matthew 21:6-11

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on  them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

 

In the last many days, we have been warned, corrected and led in tough teaching and that was good for our souls. However today, the passage that stood out to me in this very trying part of Jesus’ life is one of sorrow, yet great joy for Jesus. What joy can come out of knowing you are going to be publicly shamed, denounced, rebuked and executed based on false allegations? Christ just spoke of all of this because he knew what was about to happen and yet walked into it with purpose which is totally contrary to what any reasonable man would do.

It is ridiculous in our eyes because we run from death and hurt and therefore what Jesus was doing is considered a suicide wish because there was no way out of death for us. However for Jesus, there was purpose in his death because it was a fulfillment of scripture that the final sacrifice was made and man could once again be reconnected to God not by our own broken sacrifices but by the perfect sacrifice for us by God’s own son. However, the joy that I am referring to is not just this but the fact that the disciples obeyed Jesus’s instructions regarding getting the donkey and colt without too many questions and the crowd that spread their cloaks did so in recognition of the arriving messiah. After a long time, it must’ve been wonderful for Jesus to note that some people were obeying and serving him rather than themselves. As we approach the commercial season of Christmas, I pray that God would help us obey him and serve him in a way fitting for a savior and not in a manner fitting the world.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet