SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Scripture: John 12:12-18
In John 12 we have John’s account of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. We are told, “The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: ‘Hosanna! “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” The King of Israel!’ Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: ‘Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey’s colt.’ His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him. Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness. For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign.” John’s gospel shares with us that there was an element of the fear of God that came with the resurrection of Lazarus. To many, his resurrection released a recognition that Jesus was the King, and with their hearts and mouths many participated in the triumphal entry. They cut branches and put them down in the street and went so far as to throw their cloaks down. This group really responded to the Lord, while the ones who rejected Him were the leaders. Likely through the fear the Lord the people recognized the Messiah, but the leaders did not. The motive of the leaders was born out of jealousy and selfish-ambition. The fear of the Lord is often a response to seeing God’s Hand move in major ways. Like the leaders in Jesus’ day, not everyone responds that way. As we approach the latter days, we need the boldness to move God’s Hand so we can turn hearts for a harvest!