Learning how to carry Jesus and turn the tables

Note from Pastor Kristi Graner

 


 

As you read this, Palm Sunday has just come and gone. However, I would like to talk to you about the historic day known as the first Palm Sunday.

Jesus made His grand entrance into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey. The atmosphere was electric as the crowds erupted into joyous cries of “Hosanna! Hosanna!” Some even laid down their coats on the road, while others waved palm branches in excitement.

This event marked the beginning of a significant series of events leading up to Jesus’ resurrection.

After the grand procession, Jesus went into the temple where many people were gathered for the Passover holiday. This is the familiar story of Jesus overturning the tables from Matthew 21:12-17.

Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.

“It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.'”

The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.

But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.

“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?”

And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.

My prayer is that, with the Holy Spirit’s help, God’s people will follow the example of the pure faith and praise of children in confessing Jesus’ true nature as the Son of God!

Influencing society and culture requires both creativity and humility. Regardless of our individual talents and abilities, each of us has the capacity to release Jesus’ transformative influence in our homes, workplaces, cities and nations.

There is no person and no place that cannot be transformed by Jesus. The challenge we each face is learning how to carry the Lord and His presence into our lives and culture.

He is calling us to be the change makers in our communities – to turn the tables – just as He did.

At times, it’s exciting as we shout Hosanna!, and at other times, it’s messy, like when Jesus overturned the tables in the temple courts. No matter what, if He calls us to it, it is always good.

Hosanna to the Son of David! May you hear His voice loud and clear today, dear friends.

Blessings,
Kristi

Watch the podcast!

Listen in to part 2 of Pastor Kristi Graner’s conversation with Brae and Jill Wyckoff from Kingdom Creativity International and Kingdom Writers Association as they discuss the topic of creating with God!