I know it is Easter time, but I am painting a picture of CHRISTMAS. The season took it’s time, but the night air was whispering winter time. It was time to build a fire and cuddle indoors. The weekend after Thanksgiving holds the tradition of the Hendrys picking out a Christmas tree and decorating. The day was perfect. Picture perfect memories. The tree was chosen, the lights glowed, and we sat and gave a sigh of adoration of the tree and the promise of Christmas before us. Madison’s eyes had sparkled with joy and excitement the entire day and now was the great cresendo. And then she did something her Daddy and I did not expect.
Madison plopped down on the couch, crossed her arms, puckered out her bottom lip and complained, “Humph! It is all going to go away!”
Her Daddy looked at me with terrified, shocked eyes, “What is the matter?”
I, surprisingly, smiled with understanding and replied, “She’s a girl.”
Madison understood, maybe for the first time, that nothing of this earth is forever. Madison was conflicted with emotions of wonder and excitement, and celebration, and a realization of something sad.
Although girls can sometimes be labeled as emotional roller coasters, emotions are to be shared by both genders. The human race is fickle, easily given to extremes in emotion.
A few thousand years ago, a man walked into Jerusalem. The word had spread about his arrival. Some of them had recently seen him raise a man from the dead and they thought, “This is our King! He has come to be our ruler!”
As was fitting, they rolled out the red carpet, spreading their coats and palm branches for the triumphant entry. They yelled out, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”
They praised and worshiped Jesus! As should be done! As he is deserved!
But just a few days later, they let their emotions get the best of them. They were the same crowd yelling out, “Crucify him!”
Why? They saw he was not going to lead an army. He was not going to be their earthly king. They got mad. Jesus was not who they thought he was.
HE WAS MORE! He was not going to be a great King to rule Jesusalem, grow old and die. He came to set them, and us, free forever! He had come to crush Satan and deliver us from the grips of Hell! He was MORE than they could have possibly imagined!
As mirrored by my daughter, sometimes my emotions get the better of me. But next time I am pouting about some earthly condition, I want to think on a grander scale. Today, while I worship Jesus on Palm Sunday, I want to look ahead to the purpose Jesus came to accomplish.
Jesus is King not just of earth, but also of Heaven! He is not only King now, but he is King of eternity.
And, like the emotional crowd, sometimes when things take a bitter turn and it looks like defeat (the cross had to apper to be a crushing defeat!) I want to get ready and learn from experience that SOMETHING EVEN BETTER THAN I THOUGHT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN!