And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” ~Mark 11:9
Welcome to week 5 of our bible journaling series. We are getting closer to Easter, and as much as I would like to say I’ve been fully connected to God through this time, I would be telling a lie.
Life happens! My children had spring break last week, so I was distracted with scheduling activities, refereeing arguments, and trying to explain why almost the whole week was filled with rain and cool temperatures (we live in Northwest Ohio).
I share all that to explain how our lives quickly get busy and our time with God can get overlooked. Before Jesus came to earth there were many steps to complete in order to spend time with God. But because of Easter we have the Holy Spirit living within us, so no matter what’s happening in our hectic lives we can always reach out to him for wisdom, comfort, grace, forgiveness and advice.
Now onto the devotion!
This week we are looking in Mark Chapter 11. Jesus is making his way to Jerusalem for Passover and, ultimately, his death. He knows the time is drawing near to the end. I can’t imagine the thoughts going through his head. Jesus tells his disciples to go ahead of him to find a lone colt tied up which no one has sat.
The disciples followed Jesus’ instructions and brought back a donkey. At this point we know that Jesus had many followers, possibly hundreds of people traveling with him from town to town. They witnessed miracles, listened to his teachings, and surely felt something different when around him.
When the donkey was brought to Jesus the disciples laid their cloaks on its’ back so Jesus could sit. The people around him laid their cloaks on the ground along with branches from nearby trees. As Jesus made his way into town the people began shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” (Mark 11: 8-10)
I wish I had been there to see Jesus. But then I wonder if I would have reacted with the crowd only a few days later. Humans are such broken creatures. We let our emotions drive us and to heck with the consequences. I don’t believe we’ve changed much over the last two thousand years either.
However, we have the power of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to rely on, to call out to, and to learn from in all situations. I’m thankful Jesus died for me and all the battles that go on in my mind and soul.
I completed this page last year for Lent, and it is one of my favorites.