By Ceci Sanchez
Friday, April 21st, 2017
Today you awake with the desire to make a positive difference. “What can I do to impact the lives of millions?” you ask. What if the following scenario was presented to you? What would you do?
You Face a multitude. Most of the faces are unfamiliar to you. They see you as hope. Many faces are of those who have done you wrong. They smile and snicker with ill intentions. They all cheer your name, raising their hand and voices in exaltation. You are asked to follow them to the center square where you will come to an arena. You are told “You have been chosen to Fight on our behalf. You will be beaten, you will lose. Your loss will bring us Freedom, but for our freedom, you must die an unimaginable, excruciating, humiliating, undeserved death.” What you ‘see’ is the pain, loss, humiliation and ingratitude of your defeat. Would you Follow?
‘As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here”…When they brought the colt (symbolic of Shalom peace: makes peace with God) to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks (symbolic of honor and royalty) on the road, while others spread branches (symbolic of submission) they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” (prayer for the Lord to continue to save and sustain his people). “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!”’ Jesus entered Jerusalem… (Mark 11:1-11)
Jesus Followed through to Face the Fight for our Freedom. He entered the city knowing his fate (demise). Yes, he saw the pain, rejection, humiliation and betrayal that would follow. But, he chose to look beyond all this in order to ‘see’ the Father’s purpose and final plan being fulfilled. His purpose in obedience to the Father was to bring a new Kingdom, a godly Kingdom. He did this for you and me.
The Kingdom of God:
His Act – Our Answer
God commands HOLINESS: But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16)
God casts out FEAR (fear of death): Love has in it no element of fear; but perfect love drives away fear, because fear involves pain, and if a man gives way to fear, there is something imperfect in his love.
(1 John 4:18)
His Gift – Our Gain
We can approach God’s throne: Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
The enemy has a ‘hands off’ position; he needs God’s permission: Jesus says, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31–32)
God offers Salvation: Therefore He is able also to save forever (completely, perfectly, for eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede and intervene on their behalf [with God]. (Hebrews 7:25)
God gives Deliverance: No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
We are no longer under condemnation or guilt: Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2)
He has Delivered us from Wrath: And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of God's Son from heaven--Jesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment. (1 Thessalonians 1:10)
We are Heirs of God, co-heirs with Jesus: For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Romans 8:14-17)
He gives us New Life: But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.
You awoke today hoping to make a difference. You realize you will never be able to impact as many lives or redeem as the Savior did, but you understand that you are gifted and equipped to influence, encourage, teach, preach, correct, rebuke, serve, minister, and pray as he did. What will you do? Will you follow?
Father: I am grateful for your Son Jesus and the example he left for me to live as he did, love as he did, and do as he did for others. I thank you Jesus for following the Father’s instructions without fear or faltering. Despite what you were to endure, you did not fall away, and you did this with me in mind. I would be lost in sin and lost to the punishment of death if it were not for your sacrifice and love for me. My desire is to make your life and death for me ‘worth it’ in your eyes. What would you have me to do in appreciation and thankfulness? Help me to be as obedient as you were on that special day we call your TRIUMPHAL ENTRY to JERUSALEM that would lead to my TRIUMPHANT (eternal) LIFE by way of your eventual sacrificial death on the Cross. I love you Savior, Friend and Brother. In your name, I pray.