Sunday is a little weird. There were big crowds cheering Jesus on
as he rode into Jerusalem, hoping that this would be the moment
when he would take charge as king, and throw the Romans out etc.
But Jesus wasn’t on a war horse – he was on a donkey!
Later that week he allowed himself to be arrested and sentenced
to death – the horrific death of crucifixion. Hardly the actions
of a conquering king!
What was Jesus up to?
When I was a (more or less) idealistic student (30 years ago!),
I remember being quite politically minded – cheering certain
politicians on as I listened to them on the news. That all ended
quite suddenly when I understood one day that although politics
can make some difference to a country, what was really needed was
for people’s hearts to be changed. And that could only be
done by God.
Jesus offers us not only forgiveness for our wrongdoing, but also
the possibility of a new life, a new heart, with his own Spirit,
the Holy Spirit transforming us on the inside. I have met so many
people over the years who have been dramatically changed from really
bad people to really good ones by the power of God. But I know that
I myself, despite being far from what most people would have described
as a really bad person, needed that transformation too. My heart
was far from being truly good. And although I’m still a way
off being perfect, I do know the love of Jesus now filling my heart.
Jesus was the Son of God, who rose victorious from the dead that
first Easter Day, but before that he humbled himself even to death
on a cross. Today he waits for those who are prepared to humble
themselves and admit to him that they need forgiveness, they need
his power to live the truly good life that is out of their reach
at the moment. He is there waiting and ready for you, whoever you
are, to give you that new life and new heart which we all truly
need – as individuals, and together as a society.
Rev. Richard Towle (Methodist Minister).
Tel. 650305, email: firstname.lastname@example.org