God Had a Different Plan
This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday, when we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem just five days before His crucifixion. The crowd had seen the miracles that Jesus had performed and knew that their King had come. They hoped that He would drive out the occupying Romans and restore Israel to its former glory.
But God had a different plan. Jesus came not as a conqueror, but as a servant, obedient to death on a cross (Phil 2:8). The Jews and Romans saw crucifixion as the ultimate form of debasement and dishonor. Even Jesus’ disciples though that God’s plan was foolishness. When Jesus foretold his death on the cross, Peter rebuked him. The disciples didn’t want to hear about being servants; they were vying for the places of honor in the coming Kingdom. They had been arguing about who among them was the greatest, but Jesus said that the greatest in the Kingdom were those who humbled themselves to become the servant of all (Matt 20:26). And anyone who would follow Jesus must take up their own cross to follow Him.
On Friday the crowds had disappeared and most of the disciples had fled. Jesus was abandoned and forsaken, humbled unto death, yet we know that this is God’s foreordained plan. The cheering crowd wanted Israel returned to days of David and Solomon, but God is bringing a Kingdom that will cover the whole earth for all eternity. The disciples wanted to sit in places of honor in Jesus’ kingdom, but God will make the humble servants heirs of the Kingdom. Let us set a vigil at the cross to wait and watch how God is bringing His Kingdom to this earth.
Joe Selness, Contemporary Worship Leader