PASTORAL POINT – “The Lenten; All This is Just For You”

Luke 13:31-35 
At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.” He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’  In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem! “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Look, your
house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until
you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”

Jesus manifested Himself openly and declared Himself to be the Messiah. The people had been ready to honor and acknowledge Him as the King. Like the image of the multitude spreading their cloaks in the streets during Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Of course this spontaneous honor, at Roman time was deserved for the arrival of a leader after a victory in a battle, and with great pomp and circumstance, he would display a showy welcome.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, people expressed their exuberance and emotion without hesitation or concern for how it may look or sound. People owned and proclaimed him to be the Messiah; people cried out and said Hosanna to him, all praise, honor, glory, and blessing to him, and wished him all prosperity, happiness, and safety. The irony is that the same crowd that shouted “Hosanna!” later shouted “Crucify Him!” We must be careful that our praise is based on who Jesus truly is and not our expectation of who we think He is.

Often times in life we get caught up in situations because we really don’t have a thorough understanding of the situation at hand. We may often follow others because they speak well or may have an enormous wealth of knowledge and we really don’t know why we ourselves are there. Some people are walking around and really don’t have a clue as to who they really are. There is a need for us to be fully aware as to what our purpose is for the kingdom building and kingdom living.

Many people were involved in welcoming Jesus in the Triumphal scene. Many held the false concept of Jesus as the earthly King and Savior of people, as the One who was to be sought in order to secure all the
good things of this earth. The people cried “Hosanna, Hosanna,” which means save us now. People desire to be free, but desire to be free on this earth and so people’s desire is that Jesus will do things for them as they
please. Many think little or nothing about being free from the bondages of this earth. We love this earth and we want as much of it as we can get. We think little about our status sin and death. We think very little about
being set free from the power of Satan.

Jesus’ mission was not to come as a worldly potentate, in pomp and ceremony, and not to be the leader of an army to kill, injure and maim; therefore, the people had to change their concept of the Messiah.
The Messiah was coming as the Savior of peace who had been sent to save all people. The Messiah came to show people that God is the God of love and reconciliation. Jesus’ concern is to bring peace between people
and God, by providing people a new way of life, forgiveness and salvation. Jesus’ concern for us is that we live a life of faith and diligently seek God. Jesus is concerned that people live a holy, righteous, and pure life
in order to be acceptable to God.

Jesus manifested Himself in a brand new way to people.
Openly, He declared Himself to be the healer Messiah. 18 They
came to hear him and to be healed from their diseases, and
those bothered by unclean spirits were healed. 19 The whole
crowd wanted to touch him, because power was going out from
him and he was healing everyone. (Luke 6:18-19).

Jesus did all these just for you and me. Can you trust him and put your faith in him?

Amen, Pastor Baptista

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