Monday, March 29, 2010

Such Dumb Sheep!

Each Palm Sunday we celebrate Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Riding on a colt, the Son of God, the very Messiah, was welcomed by throngs of people waving palm fronds, singing songs of acclamation. "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!"

Less than a week later, many of the same people shouted "Crucify Him." What had happened in the meantime to cause them to turn from their Messiah?

Disappointment . . . disillusionment? Jesus wasn't acting like they thought He would? He wasn't revered by those in power? He let them down? Such dumb sheep!

How quickly we, too, can forget the relief and joy that flooded our souls on the day Jesus entered our Jerusalem's and washed our sins away. How quickly we, too, can abandon the Lord because of our unmet expectations.

"All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the LORD has laid on Him 
the iniquity of us all."
~Isaiah 53:6

Good Friday, the day we remember Jesus' suffering and death on the cross, is just a few days away. Unlike Christ's followers in Bible times, we have the benefit of hindsight. We know that in just three days, He rose again and reigns in Heaven where He will greet us one day. 

Let's not let anything rob our souls of the joy we find in Jesus! Let's cling to the Good Shepherd and follow Him wherever He leads.

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