On that day that Jesus came in to Jerusalem, riding on a donkey, although people yelled "Hosanna", He wasn't concerned with their cries, because He knew that their cries would later be "crucify Him". He knew that this triumphal entry was not what it appeared to be to some. He knew that this was the victory march to death. He knew that He was headed for His end on this earth, but not in the world. He was not concerned with what pain lies ahead. He knew the victory was in His death. In the same manner, Jesus calls us to die to ourselves. Though it may be painful and challenging, we have nothing to fear, because the victory won't be here in this world. The victory is in Christ Jesus, if we choose to live for Him and die to our desires which pull us toward the world and away from Christ. Even if no one chose to yell hosanna, the stones would cry out! Even the whole earth today moans and groans for Christ's return, and He is coming back friends! Get ready!
In the story of the prodigal son, are you that rebellious prodigal son who has run away from his father and taken advantage of him, wanting the blessing of both the father and the world, or are you the prodigal son when he returned to his father and realized his foolishness but now could completely experience his love? Perhaps you are the angry and jealous older brother. Maybe we can relate with all three personalities, but let us strive to be the loving father with one another. Jesus took us back when we rebelled from His love, so now let us love one another, welcoming back those who have betrayed us.
Jason Humberd worked for eleven years as a teacher, then answered his call to ministry, leaving second grade to teach all God's children from ages 2 to 110!