Sincerity of the Heart

Triumphal Entry by Pietro Lorenzetti in 1320AD
Easter is quickly approaching us this year. Last Sunday was Palm Sunday in reference to the Jesus' triumphal entry. Jesus was coming to celebrate the Passover in Jerusalem. Of course he wasn't the only one coming to the great city. You can imagine the influx of people coming to Jerusalem in celebration of one of their most beloved historical memories as a people. God literally delivered them from death. It was a time of celebrating life and freedom. This was the official start of their deliverance from the hand of the Egyptians. No longer were to be oppressed by their overlords.

As you can imagine, Rome was very wary of this particular season. The Jews were looking for the coming of their Messiah who would again deliver them. They were looking for someone to come like Moses. A strong figure who stood up to the ruler of his time with the power and authority of God. You can imagine the on goings at this time. Surely Pilate and Herod made their presence known! They wouldn't want the people getting any funny ideas. You can imagine the Roman Soldiers all around entering the town with flare potentially coming in like a parade.

Then comes Jesus. We call it His triumphal entry. There was little about his entrance that one might call triumphal aside from what was going on in the spiritual realm. Instead of coming in like a large parade, he chose a different way. Jesus comes in on the foal of a donkey symbolizing peace rather than defiance to the Roman authorities. He comes in lowly and humbly. Note Moses was also a humble man even having another man, his brother Aaron, speak for him. What a stark difference we might have seen between him and the Roman authorities. Interestingly enough as Jesus comes in, many in the city begin talking about him. They knew the scripture very well and would have recognized his choice of transportation from Zechariah 9:9. (NIV used)
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
 Many in the city began talking about the many miraculous works Jesus had performed. It didn't take long for the crowd to put two and two together. Many got excited about the idea that Jesus might in fact be the Messiah that was prophesied. This wasn't the case for everyone, but many were sold on the idea.

Now I could go on more with the story, but that's not really the point. The point is that many were sold on the idea of Jesus being their Messiah, but not many actually believed that He was the Messiah. How do I know this? A week later they were convinced that He was a fraud and deserved to be crucified.

My challenge to you today is this: How sincere is your faith? Are you in favor of the idea of having a savior that redeems you, or do you really believe in Christ? Is it possible the someone might convince you that Christ was just a fraud? Faith is more than philosophy.
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