For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5,6
THE WAY OF THE KING
Mat. 21: 1 - 9
1 When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. 3 "If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them." 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 "SAY TO THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, 'BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU,GENTLE, AND MOUNTED ON A DONKEY,EVEN ON A COLT, THE FOAL OF A BEAST OF BURDEN.'" 6 The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, 7 and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. 8 Most of the crowd (E)spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. 9 The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna (H)in the highest!
We can easily imagine this. The crowd is «moved.» Ones enthusiasm infects the other and soon the atmosphere is so high and hypnotic, that you had to fight hard, to avoid being carried away.
In fact, the crowd shouted out a true testimony of Jesus in its great
enthusiasm. But who could guess - facing this ocean of
«Jesus-enthusiasm» - that Jesus now had started the real countdown to
His maltreatment, suffering and death. And that most of the tongues that
praised Him to day, a few days later would demand His life - demand Him
- the most cruel and disgusting way of execution the Romans could think
of in their pagan malice.
There are spiritual movements
who has - and worships - this «Jesus-enthusiasm» as the true foundation
to build on and the actual proof of their true life with God. But this
enthusiasm changed into the absolute opposite, faster than anyone could
He came riding on
the foal of a beast of burden,
and by that He
Himself as a
for those who is able to see. Listen!
King comes to
the foal of a beast of burden.
Did you hear that? Your King comes to you as a
Jesus could not stop here in this «enthusiasm.» This was not what He
wanted. He had to go ahead to Jerusalem to
was His task and
He was working for His
Even if we had no pity with Him in His sufferings, He had pity with us.
And is therefore willing to enter into this necessary suffering. Christ
A lot of «enthusiasm» is not even noticed in heaven, but such a (poor)
gratitude caused by
knowledge of the truth,
is. This is a
fruit of Jesus‘ death, and therefore an act of The Holy Spirit.
It was a big task given by Jesus when He asked these two disciples to go into the village and take the donkey from the owner. It required a strong faith and trust in Jesus. Think of the situation. But Jesus, who knows His owns weakness, He sent something to strengthen their faith along with them: «- and immediately you will find etc.» He predicted what they would meet, and when they did just that - found what He had already told them, and got His word confirmed by that - it gave them frankness to untie them and bring them to Him.
Many picture to themselves that faith is a trust created by us, and then we try to «create» a mighty faith, that we believe shall work something. But it is the Word, that creates faith! And the faith that does not have its origin from the Word, is just ones own imagination.
There is a prophecy, which is especially detailed expressed in Zech. 9,
that is fulfilled here, and there is also a peculiar word from Is. 62:11
concerning Jesus‘ coming to the earth: «Behold His reward is with Him.»
It is mentioned in Is. 62 in connection with the coming of Jesus: «Lo,
Before Jesus‘ second coming - and especially now in the Advent - it is
important for us to be aware of this, that what happened with the Jews -
will happen in a larger scale when «the apostasy comes.»
(2 Thess. 2:3).
Look at the disciples here in the texture - everything seemed to come to an end for them on the following days after the entry into Jerusalem, but a few days thereafter they could openly proclaim to the whole world: «Jesus has won the victory!»
He is wandering in the Kingdom of
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