How did we go from waving palm branches and shouting Hosanna – to this???
You know, usually when I hear a phrase used several times in the span of a few days, it more than likely means that the LORD wants me to use it in my writing.
In the past few days I have heard the phrase “YOU KNOW THE PEOPLE ARE FICKLE” used on separate occasions in completely different venues.
It really does seem that if someone jumps off a cliff, others are, unfortunately, bound to follow. People can be with you and stand behind you and say they will be there until the bitter end… until they aren’t.
Now, I’m not trying to say that any of this took Christ by surprise – I mean, there’s a reason he rode into the city on a donkey instead of a pretty white horse. He knew what was coming – all of it – every painful bit of it.
Remember His plea to the Father at the Garden of Gethsemane? That is the most heart wrenching prayer, evidenced by the sweat drops of blood. The human side – the side that felt pain and emotion… He was not wanting to endure it – understandably. The divine part understood the plan and understood that fallen man needed a perfect sacrifice to atone for their sins. But understanding it and going through with it… you have to admit – is two completely different things.
Man was in serious trouble, but God is good. He sent Jesus to the world – as a tiny baby. He was part human and part divine because His Father is God Almighty. Jesus the divine understood instinctively what His mission was. Jesus the human struggled – just as any of us would have. Don’t say you wouldn’t.
Why did Jesus go through with it – Jesus the human side, that is? Because He loves us so much He willingly gave His life – don’t tell me anyone took it – He willingly sacrificed His life on a painful, unbelievably painful road… for everyone. For me and for you.
I don’t understand how anyone can dismiss that or ignore it. I heard Bill Mahr say that all religion is stupid and they hand you a problem and then tell you how to solve it.
Well… we were all born with a big problem – it’s called sin. And no, nobody’s perfect – but Jesus was, and it is His sacrifice on Calvary’s cruel cross that allows us to have a relationship with God – through Christ, God’s Son.
God refuses to give up, and we who are enlisted to be fellow-workers with God know that the only reason we continue is that death did not have the last word; that Good Friday was not the end of the story. – Archbishop Desmond Tutu
For today I have the freedom to talk about it. For today my religious freedom is protected – I think. I’m sure we will all find out when our religious freedoms are not protected. I sure hope we Christians wake up soon and begin to defend this thing called religious freedom – or it could be too late – hmm… then what?
Christians have walked down the “live and let live” road – and that’s okay to a certain extent. But we’re at a crossroads now. If we keep standing still, we’re gonna get flattened. I want to keep my first amendment right that affords me religious freedom. It’s being whittled away – wow – whittled… there’s an old farm word. Yep, just a little ol’ farm girl from Kansas – hoping the rest of the Christians in the world wake up soon.
The best way to be missed when you’re gone is to stand for something when you’re here. – Seth Godin
Because… YOU KNOW THE PEOPLE ARE FICKLE… it’s not COOL to want religious freedom these days – but guess what? I’m not going to jump off that cliff with the rest of the crowd.
I want to be free to talk about Jesus in the United States of America, don’t you? 🙂