Sunday, April 1, 2007

Past, Present, Future - Luke 19

Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, which we celebrate on Palm Sunday, is unique in that it is the only time in Jesus' time on Earth when he was treated the way that he deserved to be treated. Instead of doubt, disbelief, beating and berating he was greeted with a parade and shouts of victory. But this victory parade came before the victory was won. In fact, it came before the battle was engaged. The timing doesn't make sense. When we look at God's timing from our limited human point of view it often doesn't make sense. We can't see the big picture. Luckily, it isn't up to us to see the big picture or understand it - all we have to do is trust in God to handle it. All of time is in God's hands.
Through Jesus, God:
  • Purifies our Past
    Matthew 21:4 - This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet
  • Provides for our Present
    Luke 19:40 - "I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."
  • Prepares our Future
    Luke 19:42 - "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace - but now it is hidden from your eyes."