“Just Noise” Luke 19:28-40

“…the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully for all the deeds of power that they had seen.”

Luke 19:37

 

For the followers of Jesus, this was a big day.  Jesus entering the gates of Jerusalem was the beginning of the end of Roman tyranny and oppression, or so they wanted to believe.  The message of Jesus was one of peace, hope, and a whole new way of living.  For the majority of those in the crowd, however, it was just noise, a distraction from business as usual.  Maybe Jesus and his crew blocked people from getting to the market to shop, or to the Temple to pay their tithe or offer sacrifices; certainly the Pharisees saw all this shouting and Jesus’ message as disrupting the status quo not to mention bringing into question their authority as God’s representatives.  This Sunday Christians throughout the world celebrate Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week.  We wave our palms, sing our hosannas, and proclaim the coming of salvation through Jesus the Christ.  But what about the rest of the world?  What is it to them, this belief in Jesus?  Is Jesus a distraction to living life, or just additional noise on the congested streets of humanity?  For Jesus, entering the holy city of Jerusalem was his offering of God’s eternal love to a world in desperate need of the truth, God’s truth, in their lives.  We have a way of creating our own truth based on how we think life should be rather than living how God created us to live.  What began as just noise to most of the crowd ended up as an eternal gift from God to everybody, those who believe and to those hardened to God’s word in their lives.   Accept the message of Jesus the Christ and take the journey of faith. God speaks, especially in the crowds of humanity desperate for the Word that became flesh and dwelled among them.  Thank you Jesus for another chance…

Pastor Tom

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