Today and next Sunday millions of people will be gathering all over the world celebrating the King of kings, the author and finisher of our faith. Palm Sunday, we celebrate “the beginning of the end” of Jesus’ earthly ministry. For three years He taught, healed and inspired people all over Israel. He was about the Father’s business, only doing what “He did and speaking what He spoke”. He prayed with authority changing hearts and waging war on the prince of the air proclaiming, “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven has come near”. That moment would lead to the culmination of His Journey. He rode into Jerusalem to complete His purpose, His long awaited death, resurrection, and ascension spoken of by many for thousands of years.
Fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah, a prophet of the living God, and found in a Psalm of David. Palm Sunday represents the day Jesus humbly rode on a donkey into Jerusalem, with people recognizing Him as Savior and shouting,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
But the saving did not come in the fashion most, or any expected. They wanted Jesus to take kingship now, overthrowing their oppressors and political system. They wanted to be free physically, overlooking their bound and oppressed hearts. They had no idea who God was or how far they had gone from His presence. Jesus wept in the Spirit because they were trapped in darkness but had no desire to be brought into The Father of Lights.
It’s a tragedy, isn’t it? Knowing the Savior but never Knowing the Savior. In other words, the same people who shouted “Hosanna in the highest heaven” are the same one’s who riotously pronounced, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” and “Crucify him!”
My heart aches as I write this because I see the same happening today. So many of my brothers and sisters know the story of Christ all too well, but are yearning for the King to destroy only their physical bondage. We cry out, heal my aching body, give me a new job, fix the president, but relinquish on His promise. His promise of a new heart, a heart of flesh, one that will enthrone the King of Glory on OUR seat of desire and dethrone our earthly satisfaction.
Do not misunderstand me. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He still heals our bodies, desires for us to prosper in the land, and the government of the land to honor His people. But we will prosper even as our soul prospers. In other words, He will change the order of the land by aligning our hearts with His. He will heal our bodies but also wants to heal our hearts. Should we desire His gifts and neglect Him?
Today, our ministry sat under the teaching of Pastor Jonathan Gonzalez. His heart was troubled for those in need of a Savior and that led him to a challenge. A family member desired change, and sought after his Godly advice. “Many want to see a breakthrough, but do not want to Pray through” Gonzalez cries out. Inspired by Rodney Gypsy, Jonathan continues and challenges the body of Christ to Draw a Circle. He quotes Gypsy saying,
“Go home. Lock yourself in a room. Kneel down in the middle of the floor, and with a piece of chalk draw a circle around yourself. There, on your knees, pray fervently and brokenly that God would start a revival within that chalk circle”.
The challenge is to us. We want, we desire, but we must seek. The circle challenge is for 40 days. We must focus on building our personal relationship with Christ that we may truly know Him. Remember, they shouted Hosanna and turned around and shouted crucify Him. It is not good enough to attend Sunday worship because He yearns to walk with us in the garden, daily. We must taste and see that the Lord is Good!
“If you pray through, God will break through in new ways, it’s as inevitable as the tide coming in”. ~ Mark Batterson