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Changing Times

By Don Loftis | 03.05.14

In chapter 19, Luke records Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  He describes a joyful crowd who honored the Lord’s entry by spreading palm leaves and garments along the roadway.  They recalled His miracles and praised God by shouting, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord; peace in heaven and glory in the highest.”  Yet in less than one week, Jesus will have been arrested, fraudulently convicted, and executed on the cross.  In experiencing the emotional transformation of those 5 days, two reminders are very important.

First, we should never forget that things in life can change quickly.  We see it in the weather day by day (this week Amarillo, TX dropped from 80 to 17 in just over 24 hours).  Health can be lost due to an illness or accident and apparent financial security can be wiped out by a stock market downturn or an uninsured business fire.  The loss of one player to an injury or ineligibility can alter expectations for a tourney championship.  Popularity in the polls today is not even a predictor of next week’s popularity.  The fortunate thing is that today’s sickness and setback is quite likely not permanent.  Things will always be changing, and we need to see the future as well as the past.

Secondly, the only opinion that really matters is that of God.  To hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” will offset all the failures and disappointments our lives bring.  If the Lord is on our side and is pleased with our efforts, the complaints and criticisms of others can be consistently deflected.  Our joy is not determined by the crowd but by our relationship with the King of kings.

 


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