Corona Virus Week 18 Devotions

Look for a Sign of Hope Today…
What Will Bring you Joy Today?…
Pray for our School Administrators…

In the light of eternity,
we’re here for a very short time, really.
We’re here for one thing, ultimately:
to learn how to love, because God is love.
Love is our origin, love is our ground,
and love is our destiny.
James Finley,
Center for Action and Contemplation

Scripture
Matthew 21:1-17

Then Jesus entered the temple
and drove out all
who were selling and buying in the temple,
and he overturned the tables
of the money changers
and the seats of those who sold doves.

Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey is one of the greatest scenes in all scripture. For the writer of the Gospel of Matthew it is the climax of the whole story of God and Israel. But, this part of the story is a tragedy because even though Jesus entered Jerusalem to the shouts of ” Hosanna…blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord” we know that ultimately, “…he came to what was his own, and his own people did not receive him.” (John 1:11)

After the parade down the streets of Jerusalem Jesus quickly moves to the Temple and quotes the prophet Jeremiah as he overturns the tables of the moneychangers. (Jeremiah 7:11) Jesus could see that the whole place, even the whole city had come to symbolize the determination of Israel to do things their own way, in particular, to embrace a vision of God and God’s kingdom that was fundamentally different from his teachings. Their vision would have climaxed with the Messiah coming on a war-horse, but Jesus’ vision led him to act out the prophecy of Zachariah, “Your king will come to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey.” (Zachariah 9:9).

This simple, yet profound symbolic action continues to resonate out into our world where, even among people who profess to follow Jesus, the war-horse is still preferred to the donkey.”

Meditation

In a time of meditation consider a time when you were determined to do things your own way instead of the way of love and forgiveness and peace…the way of Jesus. Spend a few moments in silence while seeking to know how you might become an instrument of Christ’s peace in this world. Try to capture a vision of God’s peace flowing over our state, our nation, and then our world. Now, what will you do today to be Jesus’ agent of peace to someone else.

Closing Prayer

Gracious Lord, challenge us when we distort your will for your kingdom and strengthen us for the days of conflict ahead, that we might follow you in peace. Amen.

Now, spend some time in worship as you listen to this song that Tamara offers for you today…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OY0S7tQgRv4

May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ,
be with you now and forevermore…
Pastor Paul