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April 15, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Palm Sunday 2019


Palm Sunday: Do You See The Humble King

 

2 Samuel 15:13-14, 30

And a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel have gone after Absalom.” Then David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or else there will be no escape for us from Absalom. Go quickly, lest he overtake us quickly and bring down ruin on us and strike the city with the edge of the sword.”

David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went, barefoot and with his head covered. And all the people who were with him covered their heads, and they went up, weeping as they went.

 

1 Kings 1:33

And the king said to them, “Take with you the servants of your lord and have Solomon my son ride on my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon [to be anointed king].

 

Zechariah 9:9

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

 

Thought for Today

Ever wonder what Jesus’ triumphal entry was all about? Why did they shout “Hosanna”? For the people of Israel their hope was rooted in their history. David’s first born son, Absalom, couldn’t wait to gain the throne from his father so he leads a revolt and lays claim to the crown. In our first passage David refuses to fight his son in Jerusalem, Gods holy city, so he abandons it in shame. Absalom rides in with his army and proudly claims the city, treating its inhabitance shamefully. In our second reading, David decrees that his rightful heir will ride the kings own donkey to his coronation. Zechariah’s prophecy, our third reading, brings these two events prophetically together declaring that the rightful heir to David’s throne will one day return in the same manner which David left, humbly, and on the beast designated for his true heir, a donkey. This is why the people cheer when they see Jesus riding toward Jerusalem humbly seated on a donkey. This was the sign that announce that David’s rightful heir was at last returning to reclaim David’s rightful throne. With joy they prepare the way for David’s royal Son with coats and palm branches lining the way, shouting “Hosanna [Save Us], Son of David!” For they know who He is and why He has come. They just don’t understand the enemy He will save them from.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I marvel at the incredible detail with which you prepared the way for Your Son. As I walk through this Holy Week, give me eyes to see all that He did to prepare the way for me to come into Your presence. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born.

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil's walking parody
On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.”
G.K. Chesterton, “The Donkey”

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April 11, 2019, 5:55 PM

Daily Inspiration: Do You See What is about to be Fulfilled? 5


Do You See What is about to be Fulfilled?

 

Luke 18:35-43

As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

 

Thought for Today

It’s no accident that immediately following the account of the disciples’ blind spot regarding Jesus’ mission Luke writes of their encounter a man with physical blindness who saw Jesus for who He was. Upon hearing the commotion of the crowd and learning that it was because Jesus was near, he cries out to the “Son of David” for mercy. In a precursor to the Palm Sunday procession the man recognizes Jesus for who He really is. He knows that the Son of David is on a mission of mercy, not conquest. When Jesus hears him, He orders that the man be brought to Him. When the man asks for the recovery of his sight Jesus announces that his faith has made him well. This is all done in complete contrast to the disciples, whose lack of faith has left them ignorant and blind. Luke wants us to know for certain that Jesus is completely committed to His mission. He will not allow the expectations of others to dictate His objectives. He knows that He has a choice and could fulfill the disciples’ wish for a restored kingdom of Israel. This would be an amazing and powerful expression of the Fathers love for His people. However, it would also be a temporary one. The Father sent Jesus to bring an eternal resolution to the problems they face. For Jesus this was no choice at all. So let me dare to ask you. Do you know the mission you are on? Do you know to Whom you are ultimately accountable? It is difficult to stay focused on our mission when, like Jesus, we get regular feedback from those who don’t understand what we are about, and relatively infrequent feedback from the God who gave us the mission. It is easy to listen to those who think they have a better plan. Stand strong. Stay the course. God’s plan always brings greater results than those of the people around us.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, help me to stay the course You have put me on. For I desire to glorify God with my life, even if that means other people don’t understand. For I know that Your plans will bless them through me. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Lack of interest in mission is not fundamentally caused by an absence of compassion or commitment, nor by lack of information or exhortation. And lack of interest in mission is not remedied by more shocking statistics, more gruesome stories or more emotionally manipulative commands to obedience. It is best remedied by intensifying peoples’ passion for Christ, so that the passions of his heart become the passions that propel our hearts. ― Tim Dearborn,

 

Quote of the Day

The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything. ― Warren Buffett



Comments

04-12-2019 at 9:02 AM
Erica Ciro
Heavenly Father, Help each of us at ILC know that we are parts of Your Body ( the Church) with a purpose. Empower us by Your Spirit to fulfill Your plan and to do so with Your joy as our strength. In Jesus’ name, Amen!!
04-12-2019 at 9:02 AM
Erica Ciro
Heavenly Father, Help each of us at ILC know that we are parts of Your Body ( the Church) with a purpose. Empower us by Your Spirit to fulfill Your plan and to do so with Your joy as our strength. In Jesus’ name, Amen!!
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April 11, 2019, 7:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Do You See What is about to be Fulfilled? 4


Do You See What is about to be Fulfilled?

 

Luke 18:31-34

And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.” But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.

 

Thought for Today

This is at least the third time Jesus has explained His mission in horrifying detail to His disciples and they still do not understand. It wasn’t that they were slightly confused by it, “they understood none of these things.” They could not grasp the least bit of what Jesus had said. This shows us two important things. The first is the power of the narrative we choose to believe. They believed that Jesus had come to be king of Israel and reestablish its prominence in the world. Jesus’ words do not fit this narrative, so rather than adjusting their ideas about what they think should happen they simply reject it. We do this all the time with the bombardment of information we receive. We decide what we believe about an issue or a person and we simply reject any information that does not fit the narrative we have chosen to believe. This should give us pause. The second is that they had not been given the Holy Spirit to help them understand. The transformation that occurs in the disciples at Pentecost lets us know just how important the Holy Spirit is for our faith and understanding. Without the Holy Spirit what Jesus is about to endure would make no sense to us either. This should give us joy and gratitude.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit to grant me faith and understanding. Help me to work with Him as He reaches out through me to my family and friends who have yet to grasp the great gift of grace. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Those in whom the Spirit comes to live are God's new Temple. They are, individually and corporately, places where heaven and earth meet. ― N.T. Wright

 

Quote of the Day

All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. — Ellen Glasgow



Comments

04-11-2019 at 8:54 AM
Erica Ciro
Thank you Father for sending Your Holy Spirit Who opens the eyes of our hearts so that we can understand the enormity of Your love for us in Jesus’ death and resurrection. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
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