Hollow shouts and dead branches
By Sparta Live | April 15, 2019 8:45 am
By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church
What are we willing to give Jesus that we’re not already giving everyone else? What makes him stand out in our lives? If we’re offering him the very same thing we’re giving ordinary people, then doesn’t that just categorize him as ordinary also?
Let me answer that with a question. Have you ever stolen something that didn’t belong to you? You know, just took it without permission? Well if you did, then you’re in good company. In the New Testament book of Mathew, Jesus instructs two disciples to hijack a man’s donkey. In chapter 21 he says tell them, “The Lord needs them.” Jesus is about to enter Jerusalem as a king. By this time next week, the same people that laid clothing before him and cut branches to wave will have turned their opinion of him from celebration to execution. Someone has the means to make this day memorable for Jesus. Someone has great value they may not even know they possess. Someone may just have begun their morning with the same ole daily ritual. Get up, take the donkey out, and tie him up. Just like every other morning. Just an average donkey – that’s all the man had that was any value to the king. But it may have been all he had. This man gave greatly to Jesus. He provided the King of Kings a ride into his own celebration. His sacrifice was the transportation for the fulfillment of prophesy concerning Jesus that day, what an honor.
People shouted hosannas and crowded the streets for Jesus and his little donkey. It’s quite mind boggling to think that at daybreak a man ties his ordinary donkey to a post and by midday he’s the centerpiece of extraordinary.
Place yourself in the crowd that day and take a look around. Why are the people so reverent? Do they even know what their shout mean? The word they shouted was hosanna and is spoken as a form of highest praise meaning “save us we pray oh lord.” The whole city was stirred, and some asked who this man was, and again, in Mathew 21, they called him the prophet from Nazareth. Could it be they were moved more by the prophet than by the Messiah? Were they moved more by the moment than by the man? Do we see Jesus as a prophet or as our savior? Does he speak to us, or are we allowing him to speak into us? They shouted “save us oh Lord,” but, when their idea of salvation was not fulfilled in their window of time, their shouts quickly turned. Each one of us is invited to the party, but we must bring more than a hollow shout and dead branches. Maybe it’s time to offer something that supports the message of Jesus. Something of substance. Maybe it’s time for us to carry the gospel to the people around us.
What are we willing to give Jesus that we’re not already giving everyone else? Give him you first – your best and ordinary – he’ll figure a way to make it extraordinary.
Let’s bring our hearts to Jesus this Sunday and expect extraordinary. We are Christpoint Church. We’re located on the square, in Sparta. Service times are traditional service at 8 a.m. and progressives services at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. We’re real people, living real lives, serving a real God. Welcome home.