Jesus was misunderstood.
His entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday was a military hero’s homecoming – a ticker tape parade. Jesus was the long anticipated Savior! But the crowd missed the signs. Jesus rode a humble donkey,
not a battle horse. He taught servanthood over status and love for one’s enemies.
Jesus wasn’t the Messiah they expected.
Jesus’ first act as hero was to destroy the marketplace inside the Temple courtyard, restoring it to a place of worship. The people were probably a little surprised, expecting Jesus to initiate His revolution against the Romans and not the Temple. At least He was in a rage! It was a start.
They missed the point. The problem was with the religious, not the Romans. The enemy was inside of us, not around us.
Do we still misunderstand Jesus?
Are we blinded by our own expectations of Jesus so we miss His radical teaching? Do we embrace His unconditional love and forgiveness while ignoring the challenging demands He makes of His followers?
Jesus says: If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else – your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters – yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26)
Jesus says: Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:44)
Jesus says: If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. (Matthew 16:24)
Jesus says: Go and make disciples of all nations. (Matthew 28:19)
Jesus says: You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. (John 8:31)
Do we sugar coat Jesus and ignore His challenging demands? (tweet this)
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