Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Wildly Waving Palm Branches
Jesus coming into Jerusalem on a donkey while palm branches are wildly waved, reminds me of when David returned from battle and the people exclaimed, "Saul has slain his thousands, but David has slain his ten thousands!!" David was a "type" of Christ.
Not only did it rouse fear and jealousy in Saul, it roused jealousy in the Pharisees. They wanted to silence...and then kill Jesus. They were jealous for how many were leaving their traditional ways and teachings to follow this miracle worker. He was life...they were death.
It makes me think of the quandary of the church today. The younger generation is willing to follow Jesus into the unknown. They don't care about tradition. They care about LIFE! "Is it true? I'm following Jesus!" And the response of the traditional church? FEAR. Which leads to jealousy and punching holes in the arguments of that generation. Death. Division. Disunity.
The reality is Jesus said, "Come. Follow Me." And that may look a 1000 different ways. He will get us out of our comfort zone. If. we. let. go...He will take us to unimaginable places. We will see Him glorified. We'll want to wave palm branches wildly before Him.