“Jesus is my Homeboy”- popular t-shirt
“Jesus was a great guy” – most people on the street
“Jesus was a great prophet” – many religions
As I read the biblical accounts about Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday (Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; and John 12:12-19), these common phrases come to my head. All of them are true, but they all fall short. Similar sayings about Jesus would have been said by those living in Jerusalem at that time, with one more exception:
“Jesus will lead a revolt to overthrow the Romans!”
The saddest part of all the above statements is that none of them take Jesus seriously. They all take Jesus and turn Him into someone to fit our own agenda.
They make Jesus weak.
But good thing we aren’t like that… right?
Before you answer that question, read Luke 6. Now, after reading what Jesus declares to be blessed, and what He says “woe” to, and how He expects people to live a completely holy and different lifestyle, ask yourself this question:
“What is it that I like about Jesus?”
When Jesus came into Jerusalem the people were true in saying He was a conquering Messiah. People were being true in giving Him praise. People were being true in saying He would be a king.
But they were all wrong
They wanted a Messiah, Hero, and King without understanding, accepting, and following Him on his terms.
They wanted Jesus for what He could do for them;
They wanted Jesus for what he would do to others.
Jesus is the Conquering Hero. What He conquered was sin and death.
Jesus is the Coming King. And his kingdom is about these things
- Love of others
- Bearing Fruit
What kind of fruit?
“The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness ,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
If we read Luke 6, we know why Jesus wept as He came into Jerusalem. The people did not want to love their enemies -they wanted them crushed. The people didn’t want to repent- they wanted sinners excommunicated. They didn’t want the blind healed- they wanted to silence them. They didn’t want Jesus to change their lives- they wanted Him to change their life situations.
They wanted a political hero.
Instead He came as the Lord of All Creation who humbled himself to the point of death on a cross that we might be freed from sin and have a restored relationship with God- and bear fruit that is fitting for citizens of the Kingdom of God.
Jesus is coming again (Matthew 24:42-44; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3; Titus 2:12-13; 1 John 3:1-3). My question for you, is will He find you as one who understands, accepts, and follows Him for who He is, or will He find you as someone who simply wants Him on your own terms?
That is one of the most important questions you can ever ask yourself in your life.