The Son of God A Celebrity

Today is Palm Sunday.  The day that Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem.  He rode in on a young colt, people threw their cloaks and branches down in front of Him as He entered Jerusalem.  It was an entrance befitting a famous pilgrim.  Today we would call them a celebrity.

While Jesus understood His entry into Jerusalem, the people didn't.  They saw a great man, healer, and prophet.  They shouted, "Hosanna!"  Which today means, "Praise The Lord."  But in Jesus' day, it meant, "God save us!".

People were hoping that this, "celebrity" would be the answer to their needs.  The government was oppressive, there were many social ills and a poorly performing economy.

Matthew 21:10 - 11 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Jesus had stirred up a whole city.  Five days later they were going to shout for his crucifixion.

What people want and what people need are two things.

We want to live stress-free lives.  We need to learn how to manage the stress that we have.
We want to have more money and things.  We need to learn how to be content and responsible for what we have.
We want to control everyone and everything.  We need to let go and let God have control of our lives.

The list goes on.

Jesus was a celebrity for one day.  But what made Him great wasn't His publicist, His marketing or His charismatic presence.  His was His heart of servanthood.  To serve, with love, a humanity that neither wanted Him or deserved Him.  He came anyway.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, You are not a celebrity, You are my Savior and Lord.  AMEN