April 8

Luke 19:28-40

“As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen…” vs. 37

The crowd of disciples that had accompanied Jesus from Galilee could not contain itself as they crested the Mount of Olives and the Holy City came into view. As they started down the steep narrow path that led into the city they spontaneously began to shout and offer loud praises to God with great joy. They were confident that Jesus was the king who would restore glory to Israel and bring justice and peace to the earth. Those moments of triumph and exultation are precious to followers of Jesus…even in our time we delight in gathering together and singing praises to God for things we’ve seen and heard. It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate in anticipation of an ending to oppression and suffering. Of course we know that the joy of that triumphant entry was short-lived…within a week Jesus was dead. That’s how it is for us too…moments of happiness are regularly dampened by news of the latest mass shooting or act of terror. But those dark times are not the whole story! Resurrection was just around the corner! And because we know that, there’s nothing that can keep us from singing! The king lives! And because he lives our joy can never be suppressed!

Thought for the Day: What does it feel like to celebrate?

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