Words of Faith 12-29-16
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2016
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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 The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.  They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!"
 Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written,  "Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey's colt."
 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that they had done these things to him.
“Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize…”
Not long ago I spent time a good friend, a professor who teaches Biblical Studies in lower Manhattan. After living in Israel for 16 years, he moved with his family to New York City where he became chairman of New Testament at Nyack College.
He recalled to me that on September 11, 2001 he was commuting into the city by train. He shared that he arrived at Hoboken, NJ just in time to see the first plane hit. He realized immediately it was a grievous terrorist act, but then boarded the PATH train into the city as usual. Only later did he realize just how momentous that day would become as he witnessed the collapse of the towers from only blocks away.
The defining moments in life don’t usually announce themselves. We don’t typically get an Email notification that something huge and memorable will be occurring today.
What would the disciples have done if they had any real clue of what was happening in Jerusalem? They might have turned-tail to run. Or perhaps they would have more carefully observed and preserved the details of what we now call the “Palm Sunday Entry”.
But the truth is they were oblivious to the fact that this day had been planned and carefully scripted for centuries in the writings of the prophets. John tells us that the “disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him…”
Frightening and powerful things were about to happen in Jerusalem that week, yet none of them were beyond the knowledge and control of the Lord. He was in charge. Frightening and powerful things will be happening in our lives. We must remember. He is in charge.
The truth is we never know when something momentous is going to happen, either tragic or joyous. We often do not see the hand of God at work until, like the disciples, we look back and reflect upon the events of the day, or the year, or the decade. It is then that we realize God was there. God is always there. God will always be there.
I asked my friend why it was that he would board a train headed into a place where a huge terrorist act had just occurred. His response was simple. “What else would I do? If I stop my life, the terrorist wins. I learned that in Israel.”
Will today be a momentous one? Perhaps not in the books of history, but Scripture tells us that this is the day the Lord has made; rejoice and be glad in it. There will be no other day like today. For that reason alone, it is momentous.
Some things are planned for today that will never happen again. Someone will come to know Jesus. Someone will die. Someone will be healed. Someone will be called. No matter what happens, joyous or painful, we will look back and know that God was there. God is always there. God will always be there.
Lord, help me to see You at work around me today. Help me to surrender to Your work, Your will and Your way. Give me the grace to walk the road You have for me and the wisdom to take the path You have planned. This is Your day. I rejoice and I am glad in it. In Jesus’ name.
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© Jeffrey D. Hoy 2002, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy - Faith Fellowship Church (EFCA)
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