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Friday, April 3, 2009

Riding On The Bandwagon

Good day everyone, let's jump straight to the text:

Mark 11

11When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples 2and said to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, “Why are you doing this?” just say this, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.” 4They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, 5some of the bystanders said to them, ‘What are you doing, untying the colt?’ 6They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. 7Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. 8Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. 9Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, ‘Hosanna!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!’

11 Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
So here we are Psalm Sunday, and Jesus is coming to the big city of Jerusalem for passover. He's has achieved rock star status so the fact that he is arriving on a colt means nothing. The people are excited, gathering and fighting for good viewing positions so that they can see him arrive. Everyone is chanting pleasantries, and well wishes. Everyone seems to be on the Band wagon. But for some reason Jesus does not seem phased? The text does not mention his demeanour, or his thoughts. Jesus goes straight to the temple, Christ goes straight to the church, checks on everything and goes out to rest or perhaps pray.

Far to often we look for approval, we look to be celebrated for our achievements, we look to be lifted up and to have our names called. Here Jesus intentionally comes into to town on meager transportation, with low fan fare. But the people got word, and made his arrival a spectacle. Despite all of that Jesus is not moved and has his mind on God and the house of God. During the times in our lives when we are lifted up and praised by men and women; where is our head at? Are we focused on the people, our supporters, our friends? Or are our minds stayed on Jesus realizing that the same people singing our praises today are nothing but seasonal associates who will chant something different tomorrow? Whats your passion, this Psalm Sunday?

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