Sunday, October 27th, 2013
Priorities (Part 7)
A Humble Procession Or A Grand Show?
Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it. And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
'Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!'
Mark 11:7-10 (NKJV)
In what the Bible calls a 'Triumphal Entry,' Earth's leading Man was about to conclude Act One of the greatest story ever told. It's a love story. I call it Redemption. His 33-year performance closed with a terrifying cliff-hanger--or more precisely, a Cross-Hanger. His Name was Jesus. He is The Star.
Preceding His death-defying victory was scene-after-scene of mind-blowing signs and wonders. No one in His audience had ever seen anything like them. Some believed in His miracles. Others did not. But everyone talked about the Man. He is The Star.
Because the King of kings came down to Earth in the role of a Carpenter-turned Prophet, Teacher, Healer and demon-Extractor. But as He grew in wisdom, stature and favor with God and man, He refused to grow in pomp or ceremony. He is unique.
Therefore His triumphal entry into Jerusalem was not in a decked-out chariot led by white horses and surrounded by soldiers in perfect symmetry. Instead, He sat on some old clothes thrown on the foal of a donkey. It was a humble procession. But the people still cheered. Because this King's priority was sacrifice, as in giving and surrender. He came to serve them.
By contrast, today's kings and stars sit in leather seats on private jets and luxury limousines. Their escorts include publicists and planners, policemen and politicians. It is a grand show. Because these king's priority is victory, as in taking or winning. They expect to be served.
Even so, the final act of God's love story called Redemption still runs. Our Star left Earth's stage to give His supporting cast their own leading roles. They've represented Him well in scene after scene--for over 1900 years. But The Star is coming back for a glorious finale. Everyone will see Him. All must attend. He's coming soon to a theater near you.
And His question to each of us will be: what was your priority?
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Priorities series.