Power and Strength

  S (Scripture): Matthew 21:8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road. Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those following kept shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 As he entered Jerusalem the whole city was thrown into an uproar, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

O (Observation):  Matthew’s Gospel of Jesus Christ seems to have been written to a Jewish audience, to Jews who believed that Jesus was the Messiah foretold.   Jesus embodied the descriptions of the Savior, but his ways of embodying the covenants was slightly different than what the people wanted to see and hear.  They wanted a mighty warrior, like David…but they got a humble servant-leader, instead. 

Coming into Jerusalem on a donkey was part of the fulfillment of an Old Testament scripture (Zech 9:9).   Shouts of “Hosanna” are roughly equivalent to “O Lord, Save Us!”  And the phrase, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” was a phrase that had become a Jewish liturgical phrase, giving praise to God. 

But there would be more to come…more that would separate, rather than unite God’s people.  Who would be believe where Jesus was headed?   

A (Application):  Turmoil in the wake of Super Tuesday is apparent to me.  We are unsure about our political leaders and future.  House of Cards seems more and more like reality than fiction.  Like we want power and strength ONLY.  

In whom do we hope?  Human cunning and strength?  Who is our Savior?  A political candidate?  Jesus?  

We are but a shadow of who we will be, this side of heaven.   We know only in part, now.  But one who came as a humble servant-leader calls us onward…calls us to follow Him – Jesus Christ.  

Trust in the Lord to carry us onward, despite our failings and shortcomings.  Let us shout “Hosanna!” to Jesus Christ, as he continually approaches our lives.  

P (Prayer): Lord, I have put my trust in others. Help me to put my trust in you alone.  Amen. 

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