Daily Reflection

Daily Reflection for 1st June

By Lily Jones (The Surf Project)

 

Read Mark 11:1-11

The story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday is one that is extremely well known. I remember marching down the aisle at my home church waving palm branches and shouting “Hosanna” as a very young child. It is always a day of celebration in the church, but I fear that has let us underestimate how revolutionary Jesus’ actions actually were. For many years I didn’t understand the historical significance of this story. I didn’t understand that in Roman times war heroes and generals would ride white stallions into a city and that people would gather to watch and cheer the return of those men. I’d liken it to how we wait expectantly at an airport with a sign or how soldiers are welcomed home with rallies. Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was no accident, nor was it just a strange sequence of events, it was a very intentional act. Except Jesus wasn’t in the Roman army, nor did He lead a rebellion against Caesar, (like the Jewish people thought), instead He declared his war whilst riding a donkey.

The choice of a donkey, and a colt at that, is significant. Jesus could have road in, up high on a horse to appear above the rest, from a place of power, but on a donkey, He would have essentially been the same height as the people standing in the street. This tells us that Jesus, like God is not someone who is obsessed with displaying His power and might but is more interested in being on our level. A donkey is also a symbol of peace compared to a war horse. Jesus declared war against sin and death from a position of peace, sacrifice and love. Those are not the typical weapons used in war, not in Roman times and not now, it was a radical, logic defying move. Over and over throughout Jesus’ time on earth he shows us just how differently God’s ways are from our own. Jesus came to earth and often defied our expectations and instead turned our world on its head. The worlds order of power and strength is not the way that God operates. He does, however, stand against the evils of this world, the way that Jesus rode into the city is in fact a declaration of war, but a different kind of war and rebellion than we humans engage in. God is showing us that there is another way, one we should always be on the lookout for. His way looks radically different, but that takes looking at the world upside down. Looking at the world in a way where the last become first and where a humble donkey is a fit for a King.

 

Prayer:

Dear heavenly Father, you are so awe-inspiring. Your ways are so far above our own that they fly in the face of our understandings. Your love is a radical weapon in fighting against fear, sin and even death. Your sacrifice and grace has defeated all those things and turned our world upside down. In all that greatness Lord, you still reach out to us. Calling us to see the world through your eyes. Help us to let go of the way the world thinks and challenge ourselves to see the world through your perspective. Help guide us to act in ways that align with Your character and heart, to turn this world upside down.  AMEN.

 

Song: Forever Reign by Hillsong

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f3sNiYpuF4

You are good, You are good
When there's nothing good in me
You are love, You are love
On display for all to see
You are light, You are light
When the darkness closes in
You are hope, You are hope
You have covered all my sin

 

You are peace, You are peace
When my fear is crippling
You are true, You are true
Even in my wandering
You are joy, You are joy
You're the reason that I sing
You are life, You are life
In You death has lost its sting

 

Oh, I'm running to Your arms
I'm running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

 

You are more, You are more
Than my words will ever say
You are Lord, You are Lord
All creation will proclaim
You are here, You, are here
In Your presence I'm made whole
You are God, You are God
Of all else I'm letting go

 

Oh, I'm running to Your arms
I'm running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

 

My heart will sing
no other Name
Jesus, Jesus

My heart will sing
no other Name
Jesus, Jesus

 

Oh, I'm running to Your arms
I'm running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign
I'm running to Your arms
I'm running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

 

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