Forcefully Advancing #likeJesus

Much anticipated events garner great attention.  When a new Apple product is released, the build up is months long.  Tech writers speculate about the product…  what it will look like, what its features will be, how it will revolutionize the way we live.  Then there’s the much anticipated reveal.  Steve Jobs was the master of this, walking on the stage in his black turtleneck to pull back the curtain on the iPhone, iPad, iWhatever.  And then came the release date.  Thousands upon thousands of people around the world line up outside Apple Stores, camping out even, to be the first to get their hands on the precious new product.  I love Apple products, but some people are fanatics when it comes to Apple.  Camping out in a line to be among the first to see, touch and try a new product. Insane.

Jesus was about to enter Jerusalem.  The build up for His arrival in Jerusalem for Passover week was not unlike an Apple product launch.  Talk about months and months of build up…  the miracles He’d been doing, like the feeding of the 5000 or 4000, and especially raising Lazarus from the dead, had everyone in and around Jerusalem anxious for Jesus’ arrival.

Eyewitness records, “Many who had come to Jerusalem for Passover heard that Jesus was coming.  Those who had been with Jesus at the raising of Lazarus from the dead had spread the word about what they had seen.  Some went out to meet Jesus because they had heard about the miracle.  A huge crowd gathered along the road and spread their garments before Him.  Others cut palm branches to lay a carpet in His path.”

What a scene!

And then there is the response of the Pharisees.

“Look!  The whole world is following Him, and there is nothing we can do about it.”

This reminds me of Jesus’ words to Peter and the other disciples in Caesarea Philippi.

“Upon this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not be able to stop it.”

This reminds me of Jesus’ words to His disciples about John the Baptist.

“The kingdom of God is forcefully advancing!”

I look at the Pharisees’ words and I want to step into the line with the others along the road coming down from the Mount of Olives.  I want to be a part of the movement.

I’m usually not a crowd follower, but I am a Christ follower.

And I want the crowd to follow Christ.  I want the throngs to clamor to Him, to cheer Him and enthusiastically follow.

I want to be a part of the reality of these words coming true in this generation.

“Look!  The whole world is following Him, and there is nothing we can do about it.”

I want to be a part of His unstoppable force.

I want to be a part of forcefully advancing His kingdom.

I want to be a part of striking down the gates of hell with the sledgehammer of the gospel to rescue the perishing.



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