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January 12

Matthew 21


We are now in the Passion Week - the last seven days before the resurrection - of Jesus’ life.

It begins with Jesus entering into Jerusalem in a humble way. Is this how a king should enter into a city? A king should enter with a grand entrance, right? The president has Air Force One. Celebrities have red carpets. Bands have stages and spot lights. What about Jesus? No private jet. No red carpet. No spot lights. He comes to his city as the humble King on a donkey.

As we were once not citizens of his kingdom, there are many in West Virginia who are not yet a part of Jesus’ kingdom either. Praise God that he has given us this day to spread the good news of Jesus to those that haven’t humbly submitted to King Jesus.

Humility is required to enter into the kingdom of God. It takes recognizing God’s holiness and our sinfulness, then looking to the cross as the means to be reconciled to God. “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). It takes humility to recognize your sin and turn from it and to Jesus. Humility, not position or authority, is the entrance to Jesus’ kingdom.

Just as this unworthy donkey was used by Jesus to carry him to Jerusalem, we too (as Jesus’ servants) get to carry the gospel (the good news of Jesus) throughout our cities and great state with the certain hope that some will turn to King Jesus. What a privilege.

Seeing Jesus as King produces humility. It recognizes his greatness, power, and authority, not yours. Where do you need to grow in humility?

“They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them” (21:7).

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