Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields.” vss. 7-8

Mark 11:1-11

Sometimes on what used to be called Palm Sunday, congregations would gather first outside the church, palm fronds would be distributed, and everyone would process into the sanctuary, waving the branches and singing. Very occasionally an enterprising pastor would lead the whole group down the street or around the parking lot while riding on a donkey that had been hired for the day. It’s hard to imagine such an elaborate event being done with much dignity! And yet that’s what Jesus chose to do as the whole group of pilgrims from Galilee entered Jerusalem. His feet must have been almost dragging on the ground as he rode the little colt! And that was his point! This triumphant entry was dripping with humility! This king was unlike all other kings, and certainly different from the victorious ruler that Israel had been expecting. Jesus had come to serve and not to be served, and he had come to love sacrificially until his last breath was gone. Today is a time to remember the humility of our Lord, and perhaps yearn for even a hint of such humility in those who love to call themselves our leaders. Yes, it’s hard to be humble, but that’s the way of Jesus, and if we really are his disciples, it’s a virtue to be imitated.

Thought for the Day: What is true humility?


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