Today’s Bible Reading:
12The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors 13took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted,
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the lord!
Hail to the King of Israel!”
14Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said:
15“Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem.
Look, your King is coming,
riding on a donkey’s colt.”
16His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.
17Many in the crowd had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, and they were telling others about it. 18That was the reason so many went out to meet him—because they had heard about this miraculous sign. 19Then the Pharisees said to each other, “There’s nothing we can do. Look, everyone has gone after him!”
Verse of the Day:
Today’s scripture picks up where we left off reading yesterday in the book of John. The story continues with the day after Jesus visited Mary, Martha and Lazarus. You may realize that this story is very similar to what we read on Day 1 from the book of Matthew. Today’s account of the Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem is based on John’s perspective.
John decides to elaborate on 2 different items that we didn’t see in Matthew:
1) He tells us that the disciples really didn’t get the whole prophecy thing until after Jesus was glorified (aka after Jesus was raised from the dead and sent His Spirit back to earth). It was then that the Holy Spirit opened their eyes to the fact that they had been part of so many predictions that were made in the Old Testament.
2) We see that the Pharisees are getting jealous of all the attention that Jesus is getting upon entering the city. They are not happy at all. The NIV version says it like this: 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”
Can we discuss the disciples that just didn’t get it for a moment? Sound familiar? Yep, they’re pretty much like ME and YOU!
It’s tempting to scoff at the disciples for their weak faith and ignorance. But to do so is to miss the point: we’re no different. Like the disciples, we don’t always understand what God is doing in our lives. We read God’s clear promises in the Bible, yet often succumb to stress and doubt when life gets tough. Sometimes it isn’t until after God has brought us through a trial that we are able to look back at Scripture and understand that He was with us from the beginning.
God loves us, as He loved the disciples; He wants to bring us into understanding and belief. He wants us to look back at events in our lives, then examine Scripture to see His words and promises confirmed. And while we sometimes want to roll our eyes at them, we can be grateful to Jesus’ hapless disciples for providing us an object lesson in human ignorance… and divine patience.
The disciples are a great example of how human we all are. No one can understand God’s ways – not even the men who walked with Jesus on this earth. And if they can’t get it all figured out, we surely need to give up the worry and stress of trying to do the same exact thing. The Bible tells us in Isaiah 55:9 – “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Don’t even try, y’all.
One day we will be the ones looking back, our eyes finally opened, remembering and realizing that it was all part of His story unfolding in our lives.
Yes: “Sometimes it isn’t until after God has brought us through a trial that we are able to look back at Scripture and understand that He was with us from the beginning.” – Andy Rau