The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
We often find ourselves looking back at events later and saying, “Oh, now I get it.” This is what John says about the disciples’ understanding of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem in John 12:19-19. By their actions, the crowd which was gathered fulfilled prophecies. But they really didn’t understand what was going on until later, after the resurrection.
What was the promise made to the people? Don’t be afraid. The king comes in peace. He will be sitting on a harmless beast of burden. This is still the promise which Christians recognize. Jesus, the king of glory, has come. He appeared in the form of the most harmless of people, a baby born in humble circumstances. He lived a life free of revolutionary activities. He didn’t build an army. When his disciples in distress said something about having two swords he passed it off as basically irrelevant. Yet Jesus himself remains the king.
We realize the rulership of Jesus as we see how he has used the details of our lives, often insignificant details, to bring glory to God and good to the world around us. While we may not know his plans, he does know wexactly what he is accomplishing and will accomplish. It is our job to be faithful. It is our job to trust that he will fulfill his promise.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Many times we don’t realize the importance of soemthing we have seen until after the fact.
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