HOST: Ron House
The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”
"Look, the world has gone after Him!” This was the conclusion of the Pharisees. All their attempts to discredit, disparage, and find fault with Jesus had been ineffective. People had believed in Him and still had followed after Him in great numbers. Their desire and willingness to follow after Jesus had been greater than the Pharisees’ plotting and schemes to destroy Jesus’ influence. I believe that the world is not much different today. Despite the skepticism that often exists, and despite the many people and forces that would have us to believe that Jesus and religion is all a farce, the world is still filled with people who are willing to believe and follow the truth when they find it. The difference is that Jesus is no longer walking in this world, showing Himself to them in human form. He has, instead, called us to show Him to the world. Through our love and faithfulness, Jesus desires for the world to see and follow after Him. And they will. Through our lives and service, I believe that we can still say today that “the world has gone after Him!”
How can we show Jesus to the world today?
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