John 12 – Perspective.
God, may your Spirit guide me as I read your scripture today, amen.
Read John 12
12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”
The energy was palpable. The shouts of the people filled the air. “Hosanna! Hosanna!” People waved palm branches excitedly, the symbol of national triumph and victory. Visions of grandeur and freedom filled their eyes. As Jesus was approaching, they saw their national hero coming to restore the kingdom that belonged to them.
As he approached, he was all the fanfare before him. As he rode the young donkey, a symbol of peace, Jesus knew what was to come. There would be freedom available to the people, but maybe not the freedom that they imagined. Also, before the people’s were made free from, there would be betrayal, torture, and death.
Jesus approaching Jerusalem is indeed a triumphal entry. However, it is not the triumphal entry that the people think it is. Their perspective is different from the one they are there to celebrate. Just as those who were at the triumphal entry needed to have their perspective shifted, so often we need to recalibrate our own perspective so we can begin to see the world as Jesus would have us to. As our perspectives shift, we are able to more readily be agents of God’s love to those around us.
Questions to Think Through
-What influences in your life inform your perspective on the world?
-How can we have a perspective shaped by God?
-What resonates with you in John 12?
God, help me to have my perspective shaped by you. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.