“When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked ‘Who is this’” ~ Matthew 21:10
Jesus rode through the streets of Jerusalem on a donkey. Throngs of people rushed to meet him, waving palm branches and saying “Hosanna,” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Then these same people asked, “Who is this?”
The people were excited because they already had an idea of who he was going to be. Later they were disappointed when Jesus ended up being something else.
If we are honest with ourselves, this is how we are with Jesus. We are excited about Jesus because we think he is going to meet some preconceived notion about who he is. Maybe we are going through a rough patch in life and think he is going to make it easier for us. Or maybe we are angry at the government and we’re demanding our personal rights, and we think Jesus is going to be on our side. Or maybe we want something in our life and think he is going to be Santa Claus and give it to us.
Just as the people of Jerusalem were disappointed because Jesus was different than they expected, we are disappointed when he doesn’t end up being what we thought he would be.
Because Jesus is God and we are not, our idea of him is way too small. So if we come into it with expectations, we are selling ourselves short in a major way. We are making God small enough to fit into our little view of the world. He is so much bigger than that. He exceeds our expectations. His ways are higher than our ways.
One of the biggest decisions we can make is deciding who Jesus is in our lives.
The way we view God is the most important thing about ourselves. Instead of taking the small human route and trying to place Jesus in a box, place your trust in the living King, the Son of God. Let your life be defined in the light of God instead of the other way around. Then you will be living out of that bigger, stronger place where God works from. It is truly incredible.
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