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Fickle Man

28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples,
30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here.
31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’ ”
32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them.
33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.”
35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.
36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road.
37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen,
38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”
40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
Luke 19:28-40

On Palm Sunday, Christ entered Jerusalem as a king. They laid palm branches before him and sat him on a colt. The people cheered.

Days later the people would be yelling “crucify him” before Pilate, demanding a murderous rebel be freed instead.

People are fickle and prone to idols. People surrender their anger to idols, often the idols of their mind. But those idols serve only as a temporary salve to their anger, which will return when the idol fails them.

Only one man never fails and his love endures forever. The king is coming again. He has conquered death. He gives us relief from our anger, from our sin, and from our daily burdens. He invites us to not just worship him, but be in relationship with him. Blessed is that king who lets us cast our burdens upon him.


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