I can’t believe that we are on the last leg of the Lenten journey. It seems that we began Lent just a short time ago. The experience has been successful as purpose has been realized in our lives; we can exit the season with a deeper relationship with God.
Yesterday, we celebrated Palm Sunday and we recalled Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Congregations around the world, celebrated with vibrant praise and worship waving palms as they praised God. Palm Sunday begins eight days of reflection, called Holy Week by some and Passion Week by others.
In John chapter 11 Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and it caused quite a commotion in the city! The people were amazed and many believed in Jesus but some went and reported the incident to the Pharisees. The Pharisees responded, “This man certainly performs many miraculous signs. If we allow him to go on like this, soon everyone will believe in him. Then the Roman army will come and destroy both our Temple] and our nation.” Verses 47-48. They decided that they needed to kill Jesus. When they saw the reaction of the crowd when Jesus entered Jerusalem, they were not so sure that they could be successful because the people were following Him.
Usually, after such a successful event, leaders and their teams talk about their success and make plans moving forward so that they can enjoy greater success. Jesus did not do that; instead He spoke about His death. Jesus said, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. John 12:23-24.
The Pharisees were busy plotting His death while Jesus was ready to voluntarily give up His life to save the world. They were so busy following their traditions and seeking not to offend the Romans who ruled over them; that they missed the plan of God to redeem mankind. They were unaware that His death would bring life into the world. Sometimes, we too can be like the Pharisees, so busy doing what we think pleases God that we miss the plan of God in our world and even in our own lives.
Thought for Today: Friend, focus on God and you won’t miss His plan.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.