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I wanted to encourage you to read the Palm Sunday story again in the Gospels as we reflect on Lent. The people of Jerusalem were just as "ME" centered as we are today.
Jesus rode in to Jerusalem on a donkey about a week before his resurrection. In their culture, kings would often ride into a city on a horse when they came with intentions of war. Kings would ride in on a donkey when they came in peace
A lot of the Israelites started so recognize that Jesus was the Messiah that the old testament prophesied about. Jesus had just raised Lazarus from the dead a few days earlier, so lots of people were talking about the miracle! Most still missed the subtle message in his approach. They put down cloaks and palm leave in the road shouting, "Hosanna, Hosanna- Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord." The palm branch was a symbol of triumph and victory in Jewish tradition, but here's the key- when Jesus entered the city, it fulfilled the old testament prophecy from Zechariah 9. (Written about 500 years before Jesus was born.)
It said: "Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey." (That means a donkey who has never ben ridden)
That first Palm Sunday, The Israelites welcomed Jesus as a king, but just a few days later most of them abandoned him out of fear. Most of his disciples never connected the dots until he rose from the dead and returned! Many expected Jesus to be an earthly king, but God had plans than ran much deeper. As you read back through all the old testament prophecies, you see a king who is a true servant unlike any other king who ever lived.
We have to remember that our life isn't just about "us." It's actually about "Him."
In Matthew (Chapter 22) the disciples ask Jesus, "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments."
Let's make our lives more about Him.
"You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart." - Jeremiah 29:13