Entering into the City of God

As he [Jesus] approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.  If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.'”
 – Luke 19:28-31

They went and found the colt outside in the street, tied to a doorway.  As they untied it, some people standing there asked “What are you doing, untying that colt?”  They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go.  When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.   
 – Mark 11:4-7

… the great crowd that had come for the Festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.  They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Hosanna!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
 – John 12:12-13

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes.  The days will come on you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.  They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls.  They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
 – Luke 19:39-44

Palm Sunday.  The day of the triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  And instead of riding in on the white horse of war to overthrow the Romans, he comes in on the animal of peace.  Jesus wasn’t what everyone was expecting, he was everything that we needed. 

On the same day, across the city, Pontius Pilate, the Roman Prefect of the province of Judaea, was entering into the city with a Cohort of Roman soldiers (almost 500 troops).  There as a deterrent against to prevent the nationalists from insurrection during the Feast of Unleavened Bread and Passover. 

One came in to die.  The other came baring the sword of the Roman Empire.  And here we stand, two thousand years later still asking ourselves how we will enter into the Kingdom of God. 

Will we enter in as lambs, children of God?  Or will we try to sneak in like goats and get thrown out?  Will we enter in like warriors and lovers?  Or will we hide in the shadows when the King of kings returns? 

Jesus knew when he entered into Jerusalem that he would die for all of us, will we have enough courage to be what God called us to be when we enter into His Kingdom?

God Bless and PEACE

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