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January 25, 2021 7:00 pm
A few years ago, a woodpecker began tapping on the siding of our home. We thought the problem was only external. Then one day, my son and I climbed up a ladder into the attic only to have a bird fly past our startled faces. The problem was worse than we’d suspected: it was inside our house.
When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, the crowd was hoping He would be the one to fix their external problem—their oppression by the Romans. They went wild, shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Matthew 21:9). This was the moment they’d been waiting for; God’s appointed King had come. If God’s chosen Deliverer was going to begin reforming things, wouldn’t He start with all the wrong out there? But in most gospel accounts, the “triumphal entry” is followed by Jesus driving out exploitative moneychangers . . . from the temple (vv. 12–13). He was cleaning house, and from the inside out.
That’s what happens when we welcome Jesus as king; He comes to set things right—and He starts with us. He makes us confront the evil inside. Jesus on the donkey is like the warriors in the Trojan Horse. The Horse was welcomed as a symbol of peace, but its ultimate aim was unconditional surrender. Jesus our King requires the same from us.
Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Today's reading titled the problem within was written by Glenn PACU a few years ago a woodpecker began tapping on the siding of our hope. We thought the problem was only external.
Then one day my son and I climbed the ladder into the attic, only to have a bird fly past our startled faces. The problem was worse than we'd suspected it was inside our house. When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem. The crowd was hoping he would be the one to fix their external problem their oppression by the Romans, they went wild shouting hosanna to the son of David. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest heaven. This was the moment they been waiting for God's appointed king to become. If God's chosen deliverer was going to begin reforming things wouldn't he start with all the wrong out there, but in most gospel accounts. The triumphal entry is followed by Jesus driving out exploitation of moneychangers from the temple.
He was cleaning house from the inside out. That's what happens when we welcome Jesus is King he comes to set things right and he starts with us, he makes us confront the evil inside Jesus on the donkey is like the warriors in the Trojan horse.
The horse was welcomed as a symbol of peace but its ultimate aim was unconditional surrender Jesus our king requires the same from us. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Matthew chapter 21 verses one through nine.
As he approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, go to the village ahead of you and once you will find a donkey tied there with her colt by her untie them and bring them to me.
If anyone says anything to you say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away. This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet say to daughter Zion. See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt the full of a donkey.
The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the Colton place their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on a very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed, shouted, hosanna to the son of David, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest heaven let's pray dear Jesus, you're a true king, forgive us for the ways we point the finger at others for their sin or covering up our own sinful attitudes and behaviors humble our hearts, Lord, and show us where were not living up to your standards and work in our hearts so that we honor you completely with our lives. Thank you Jesus it's in your name that we pray. Amen on today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries