You know the feeling…
That feeling you get when you’re walking up to a friend’s house for a party, or when you’re getting together with family for Easter dinner.
It’s a warmth, an anticipation…an excitement. You know that you are ‘Welcome’ and that you will be celebrated, as you ‘celebrate’ the others in attendance.
If you’re the host, you know how important it is that you ‘Welcome’ your guests, so you prepare enthusiastically–you get out the nice dishes and ‘dress up’ your table, you clean your home and even your entryway. At our house, we light candles to contribute to the warm feeling. You think of everything because you want your guests to know: They are WELCOME!
In Jesus day they may have done some similar things (although I’m sure they’d think some of the stuff we do is wacko). One day, when Jesus was coming in to Jerusalem, the people wanted to ‘welcome’ Him in a unique and special way–a way that only He deserved!
“When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Mark 11:7-10)
The people knew what they were doing…they were welcoming their Lord and their Messiah!
The Prophet Zechariah had foreseen it:
“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.” (Zechariah 9:9)
Jesus was offering Himself to the people in this way, and many of them were saying ‘Welcome! We acknowledge You! We celebrate You! We know who You are!’
It makes me think: How can we ‘Welcome’ Jesus today?
As Easter draws closer, many of us will be making plans to welcome friends, family, and loved ones. We will ‘celebrate’ them, and ‘Welcome’ them into our homes.
This year, as we get ready to celebrate His Resurrection, let’s make sure that we’re not simply welcoming others…let’s ‘Welcome’ Jesus into our hearts and lives in an even stronger, more all-consuming way.
Prepare now by reading the events of His last week, before the cross. You can start in Matthew 21.
Welcome Jesus–not with nice dishes or decorations. Welcome Him with your worship!