Read Luke 19 in your Bible. Or you can also read it here.
In Luke 19:28-44, we read about Jesus arriving in Jerusalem. When I read about Jesus’ life and get to this point in the story, it makes me sad because I know the end is near. The events that happened on this day are what we now observe as Palm Sunday, one week before Easter Sunday.
Perhaps I should be glad to read how the people praised God and said, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
But I have to wonder if some of these people are the same ones who later demanded that Jesus be crucified.
The people in Jesus’ time had such a special gift. They had The Messiah right there in their presence. But they failed to see what was right in front of them. And in verse 44, Jesus said, “…you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
I also have to wonder if we are much different? How much does our world miss out on, when it comes to the Lord and His presence? Even God’s own children are preoccupied and don’t always see Him working in their lives. It’s important to be intentional about humbly seeking the Lord, every day. The more we train ourselves to stay in tune with Him, the more we will see how many miracles there are all around us. I am convinced that God does so much in our lives, every single day. But we don’t always notice, because we aren’t looking.
Jesus has many names, such as Prince of Peace and Lamb of God. I especially love that Jesus is referred to as Emmanuel (also spelled Immanuel) because the meaning of this name is “God with us.” How beautiful is that? This is something we should keep in mind on a daily basis. God is with us, every moment of every day. No matter what we are facing, He is there. Let us take comfort in that.
And may this truth also encourage us to be more aware of His presence. May we fix our hearts on Him and seek Him in all of our daily actions. May we be more mindful of all the ways He is working in our lives. May our eyes remain open to His goodness and His love, every day.
If you are also participating in the Gratitude Challenge, today is day 90 of 100. Almost there!
© 2021 Bridget A. Thomas