Sunday is Palm Sunday. As Jesus entered Jerusalem the week of His crucifixion, he staged a demonstration. He rode into Jerusalem on a young donkey. The Old Testament prophet Zechariah had said, “your king comes to you triumphant…humble and riding on a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). So when Jesus rode into Jerusalem to begin the final showdown that would lead to His execution, He was declaring Himself to be the Messiah, the anointed king that God had promised. People laid palm branches in front of His parade as He entered the city. That is why we call it Palm Sunday.
Before Jesus began this public declaration, he told two of His disciples to go and get the donkey. They did not know what He was doing, but Jesus included them in His preparations.
Jesus will do the same with you. God is always on the move, trying to draw men and women to Himself. And He invites you to be a part of His plans. We don’t always know exactly what God is planning to do, but when we are faithful to obey and follow the teachings of Jesus, we are helping to prepare the way for Jesus to declare Himself to the people that we know.
Jesus marched into Jerusalem to complete His mission to die and rise again. Jesus continues to march into the lives of people, forgiving and changing us so that we belong to Him. Our faithfulness makes us co-workers with God.
God’s plans may appear unusual to you. You may not be able to figure out where He is going or what He is doing. But if you will be faithful, you are helping to pave the way for His march toward the lives of your neighbors, family and friends.
Love in Christ, Greg W. Burriss, Pastor Rocky River Baptist Church Siler City, NC