Lent - Day 1 - How Am I Responding to Christ?
I was not raised observing Lent but have found in the last few years that it can be a wonderful time of focus on our Lord, His amazing gift of grace and what He would have me do with it.

Today’s passage in our YouVerson reading plan - 40 Days of Lent reading plan is Matthew 21:1-11.

“When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” 

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold your King is coming to you, Gentle, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’ ” The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. 

Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!” When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭21:1-11‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬


OUR RESPONSE

Sometimes when I study Scripture I focus in on people’s response to Jesus and what I can learn from them.
 
OBEDIENCE - In verse 6 the disciples were obedient to Jesus’ instructions.  Would I be more obedient today!
 
VICTORY - In verse 8 people were spreading their coats on the road as they would for a king returning from a conquest.  For them this was a little misplaced but shouldn’t we treat Jesus as a conquering king?  He has been victorious over the grave and will rule forever!
 
HOPE - In verse 10 the “city was stirred.”  This reminds me of Jerusalem when Herod was looking for baby Jesus (Matthew 2:3).   I don’t know if this was a good stirring or not, but let us be stirred with hope at the anticipation of His coming again!
 
WHO JESUS IS - In v11 people were saying who Jesus was.  And they weren’t wrong.  But they weren’t on target either.  Jesus Christ was THE MESSIAH.  The one they had been waiting for since God promised the seed of woman to crush the serpent’s head.  
 

Belief is Important

that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  Romans 10:9
WHAT we believe about Jesus is critical.  Many people think of him as a teacher, a prophet, a good man.  But He is THE WAY, THE SAVIOR, THE SOON-COMING, VICTORIOUS KING. 
 
Let us worship Him today for who He really is and who we are in Him!

Do you know Him as Lord and Savior?  If not, click here to contact me.  I would love to visit with you!

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