“As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, shouting: ‘BLESSED IS THE KING WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’” Luke 19:37-38
The people rejoiced that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem because of all the miracles that He had performed. They thought He was coming to Jerusalem to become the political King of Israel.
I rejoice in the miracles that I have seen and have heard of. I have seen friends healed of cataracts and hearing loss, and I have been miraculously healed from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome in 2010.
Jesus was about working miracles, and He is about working miracles today. However, I have found that I have sometimes focused upon those miracles instead of the One who performed the miracles. The crowd was focused on seeing more miracles; they were focused on Jesus becoming their King on earth and releasing them from their challenges with the Roman government.
But He had something greater than that in mind. Before He descended the Mount of Olives, He stopped and wept over Jerusalem and said, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes.” Luke 19:42
The things that made for peace included His death on the cross to pay for my sins and for the sins of the world. He would spend three days in the tomb. He would rise and He would promise to give His disciples His peace. The Holy Spirit would descend on the disciples, and empower them to be witnesses of the true miracle .., the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and the victory over death and sin … all for you and me!
My prayer for you:
Our great Father, may You fill us with awe and a double portion of the Holy Spirit as we contemplate the true miracle and promise that You have given us. May the Passion Week fill us with a passionate hunger to draw nearer to You and understand in a deeper way what love You have bestowed upon us.