From time to time, we read of people who are offended at not being treated with what they consider due respect and deference. “Do you know who I am?” they shout indignantly. And we are reminded of the statement, “If you have to tell people who you are, you probably really aren’t who you think you are.” The polar opposite of this arrogance and self-importance is seen in Jesus, even as His life on earth was nearing its end.
Jesus entered Jerusalem to shouts of praise from the people (Matthew 21:7-9). When others throughput the city asked, “Who is this?” the crowds answered, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee” (vv. 10-11). He didn’t come claiming special privileges, but in humility, He came to give His life in obedience to His Father’s will.
The words Jesus said and the things He did commanded respect. Unlike insecure rulers, He never demanded that others respect Him. His greatest hours of suffering appeared to be His lowest point of weakness and failure. Yet, the strength of His identity and mission carried Jesus through the darkest hours as He died for our sins so that we might live in His love. He is worthy of our lives and our devotion today. Do we recognize who He is?
“When once you have seen Jesus, you can never be the same” (Oswald Chambers)
Prayer: “Lord Jesus, you are the most significant person in my life. Your affirmation of me is so much more important than what anyone else says or thinks. When I come to you and genuinely want to know what you think I should do, you will certainly enlighten my mind and strengthen my will in regard to the situation. Help me always do you Father’s will.”
Listening Prayer: “Jesus, what do you think about ________________ ?”
Roger Yenkins - NWFC Associate Pastor
* Extracted from our March 11th, 2018 Sunday Worship Bulletin.