Easter • Devotion #5: Miss-sigh-ah
Debbie Gabbara | Assistant to the Gathering Pastor
“The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Blessed is the king of Israel!’” John 12:12-13 NIV
Can you imagine with me? It was Passover; the city was crowded with people who came to Jerusalem to celebrate the festival. Jesus was coming into the city. People all over the area had listened to His teaching. They witnessed the miracles He had done. There were lame people who now walked, blind who could see, people who had been healed of demon possession, and all kinds of diseases. Word would have spread through the city that Jesus had raised a man from the dead a few days earlier. Crowds of people walked along shouting and praising Him as Jesus made His triumphal entry into the city. He did not come on a powerful horse, but humbly on a donkey. Jesus came not as a king but as a servant. Crowds of people shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” Then, just days later, the fickle crowd shifted; Jesus would be condemned to go to the cross as the crowd cried “Crucify Him.” The One who came in the name of the Lord was among them, and they missed it.
The Pharisees baffle me the most. They spent their lives studying the scriptures and looking for the Messiah. How could they miss all the signs they were constantly asking Jesus? He fulfilled every prophecy; Jesus spoke into their lives through His teachings and the parables. The people among them who had been healed gave them physical, tangible evidence that Jesus was the One for whom they were watching and waiting. When you read the New Testament, the Pharisees were always around. They were constantly trying to test Jesus, trying to find ways that He was breaking the laws of Moses to which they clung so tightly. No matter what Jesus did or said, they argued with Him and demanded that He show them a sign from Heaven. How did they not see that He was their sign from Heaven? In the end, they plotted the death of Jesus. The King of Kings was among them, and they missed it.
“But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace.” Luke 19:41-42a NLT
Only Jesus offers the way to true peace, but so many missed it. They missed it then, and so very many miss it today. So many look but do not see, they hear but do not listen. Jesus wants to come into your life and bring you triumph over your sins. Do not miss Him!