By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: April 5, 2017
From Series: Easter
Luke 19:37-38, “When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’”
As Jesus approached Jerusalem on a donkey, certainly a humble entry for the King of Kings, the people shouted with joy, saying, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” Unknowingly, in just a few days time, they would be just as passionately crying out for Him to be crucified. The problem? The majority praised Him for His supernatural abilities, yet they did not know Him as their personal Lord and Savior. Their sudden shift in loyalty is mind-blowing, right? Wrong! How often do we leave church feeling blessed by God’s presence, encouraged by other believers, and convicted from the weekly message? Then Monday hits and we feel the pressure to launch into our daily grind, fulfill obligations, and weather unforeseen complications. What happened to our awareness of God’s presence? How did our attitude of praise evaporate so quickly? By midweek we’ve forgotten the message we heard on Sunday, and more importantly we’ve failed to include God in every aspect of our lives.
We are wired for worship and purposed for praise. Jesus deserves our adoration! In fact, praising God makes every aspect of our lives complete, essential, and worthwhile. It reminds us of His greatness, power, and presence. Feelings may be fickle and fleeting, but understanding the joy of Christ in us is eternal. Remember, let everything you do, say, touch, and feel be an act of worship to the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings! He alone is worthy of our praise.
Pray for all the teams preparing to create a great Easter opportunity to praise Jesus.
Read the full passage of today’s scripture found in Luke 19:28-41.
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