NEITHER UP NOR DOWN

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NEITHER UP NOR DOWN

Matthew 21:7-11
They brought the donkey and the colt and put their coats on them for Jesus to sit on. Most of the people spread their coats on the road. Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowd that went ahead of him and that followed him was shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When Jesus came into Jerusalem, the whole city was in an uproar. People were asking, “Who is this?” The crowd answered, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

What a spectacle that must have been that Sunday morning when people threw their coats and cloaks and palm branches in front of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey.

Can you imagine people laying their coats on the road in front of the president’s limousine? How about for a well known and respected religious leader? Not likely is it? However by doing so for Jesus, the people were honoring him as king. Placing their cloaks on the ground before Jesus was an act of submission paid only to royalty. (See 2 Kings p:13-13)

I wonder who was the first person in the crowd to realize who it truly was riding on that young donkey? Who was the first to cast his cloak on the ground? The second? The third? At some point it became “the thing to do” and the crowd joined in. And still they asked, “Who is this?”

Human nature has not changed much over the years. There are a few who recognize Jesus for who he truly is and then there are those who join in and still don’t know who he is.

It’s sad to say but many in our churches are drawn by the spectacle. They sing the hymns and praises, mouthing the words without letting those words become a reality in their lives. They LISTEN to the worship leaders but never HEAR. They are neither hot nor cold,* neither in or out. I’m reminded of the song I sang as a child, ” when you’re up you’re up. When you’re down you’re down. But when you’re only halfway up, you’re neither up nor down.”

You can not stand in the doorway all your life. You can not claim Christ as savior and refuse tho also let him be your Lord and King. Either YOU rule your life or GOD rules. He will not accept less than full commitment.

*Revelation of John 3:15-16
(The Lord said) I know what you have done, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot. But since you are lukewarm and not hot or cold, I’m going to spit you out of my mouth.

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