The Following is Reflection based on Luke 19:28-44.
Let’s talk for a few minutes about where Jesus would be for a Quasi-Military, Muscle Flexing Parade.
You see, there was another parade Jesus encountered as he entered a city in a State known for flexing its might. This in Jerusalem.
The Romans would have been coming into the city charged by the emperor with keeping the peace. More than anything, it would have been a show of strength.
“Shut up or we’ll shut you up.”
Frankly, even those in Jesus’ crowd wanted a showdown that day. So, maybe I’m asking too much asking us to consider what the State does.
Still, with so many professing “A Christian Nation” it shouldn’t be too much trouble. So, back to parades of strength.
Because, as the military paraded in, as commanded by the ruler of the land, Jesus came in the city riding on the colt of a donkey.
At first, the crowd didn’t get it. “Savior!” they cried out. Those claiming the position of most religious saying:
“Stop this noise. We are ok serving the state as long as we maintain our dominance over those beneath us too. We are not in conflict. We are in cahoots.”
Sounds familiar, right?
Yet, here Jesus is, comically, a full grown man on an undersized service animal.
Worried, at first, they’d later mock him all the way to state sanctioned execution.
So, here we are now, charged with living like Jesus.
Where do you think Jesus would be for a Quasi-Military, Muscle Flexing Parade?
Here it is as recorded in Luke 19:41-44.
41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.
43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.
44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
The only question to ask is, “Where are you?”