Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday nearly 2000 years ago in the midst of a charged atmosphere bursting with expectations (see John 11:47-12:26). DIfferent groups had different expectations. The religious leaders expected this “false Messiah” to be destroyed so they could keep their powerful positions in society. The jubilant crowd expected a conquering Messiah to overthrow the oppressive Roman empire and deliver them from their painful circumstances.
The disciples expected Jesus to bring in God’s earthly kingdom for Israel, but somehow missed God’s bigger plan for the world. All three groups would face huge disappointment in the coming week.
Maybe you are also experiencing significant disappointment these last few weeks. Maybe you have wondered how the coronavirus could possibly fit into God’s plan? Maybe you have struggled with doubt and depression. Jesus used the occasion to explain His real purpose. He used the analogy of a dying seed that produces something much bigger and greater. Things are not always what they appear. Sometimes to gain life, something has to die. Jesus lived out the principle of the dying seed in His life and death. He launched something much bigger and greater than anyone could ever imagine! Could our season of fear and isolation bring something bigger and greater as we follow in Jesus’ footsteps to live a life of service and sacrifice?
Something to ponder in your down time.