Journey to the Cross: Week One
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Symptoms of Spiritual Blindness
"The whole city was stirred up, saying, 'Who is this?' And the crowds said, 'This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee."' Matthew 21:10-11
The people thought they knew who Jesus was.
They celebrated as if they did. They put on such a good show that the religious leaders saw their worship and asked Jesus to rebuke the people.
And yet, the people didn't truly know who they were welcoming into Jerusalem. They knew who they wanted Jesus to be. They wanted Him to overthrow Roman rule and save them from their current form of government.
"Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your King is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'" Matthew 21:5
How quickly do we do this? Do we focus so much on the to-do list and the negativity around us that we forget our spiritual needs? Even worse, do we look around us and notice everyone else's faults without realizing how many we ourselves have?
This passage reminds me of Peter's dialogue with Jesus just a few chapters before. "'Who do people say that I am?' A prophet, John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah. 'Who do you say that I am?'" Peter replied confidently, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God." How could he be so sure? Because he knew Him personally.
The people were spiritually blind because the Pharisees had stripped the truth of the Word and implemented religious rules in its stead. Let's not simply go through the motions of religious conduct. Let's not assume that we know Jesus because we prayed a prayer or grew up in church. That's not the same as getting to know Him.
I wonder how often Jesus sees the state of our hearts and weeps over it.
Are we relying on teachers of the Word to tell us who God is? Let's be women who dig in the Scriptures ourselves, and who know who He is--because we've met Him ourselves.
2/2/2021 09:27:01 am
Our church is currently reading through Matthew, and today's reading was the chapter where Peter confesses Christ as the Messiah, the Son of God. May God open people's eyes to that truth, and may they accept Him for who He truly is.
2/2/2021 09:37:27 am
I love Peter's story. One minute he's confessing Christ as Messiah, the next, he's denying he ever knew Him. It gives me hope for myself. Yes, let's pray that people's eyes will be opened to the truth of the Gospel this Easter season!
2/2/2021 11:44:46 am
I have kind of lost my bearings on the calendar, so it had not occurred to me that my study of Peter's epistles I am beginning next week is falling so close to Lent.
2/2/2021 01:00:56 pm
Thank you so much, Michele. I'm excited about this study and how it's going to lead us right up to Easter. I'd like to say it was just a coincidence, but I know it was God. :)
2/2/2021 03:23:45 pm
"Do we focus so much on the to-do list and the negativity around us that we forget our spiritual needs? Even worse, do we look around us and notice everyone else's faults without realizing how many we ourselves have?" Yes and yes.
2/2/2021 05:43:22 pm
I agree, Theresa. Those are both, great, thought-provoking questions!
2/3/2021 01:47:44 pm
These series and beautiful things you are putting out are such a blessing!
2/4/2021 08:36:35 am
Awww.... you are very kind, Lauren! :)
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