The Message (MSG)
God’s Personal Visit
28-31 After saying these things, Jesus headed straight up to Jerusalem. When he got near Bethphage and Bethany at the mountain called Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says anything, asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘His Master needs him.’”
32-33 The two left and found it just as he said. As they were untying the colt, its owners said, “What are you doing untying the colt?”
34 They said, “His Master needs him.”
35-36 They brought the colt to Jesus. Then, throwing their coats on its back, they helped Jesus get on. As he rode, the people gave him a grand welcome, throwing their coats on the street.
37-38 Right at the crest, where Mount Olives begins its descent, the whole crowd of disciples burst into enthusiastic praise over all the mighty works they had witnessed:
Blessed is he who comes,
the king in God’s name!
All’s well in heaven!
Glory in the high places!
39 Some Pharisees from the crowd told him, “Teacher, get your disciples under control!”
40 But he said, “If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise.”
I am a rock. You are a rock. Here a rock. There a rock. Everywhere a rock, rock!! Sorry that’s just what came in to my head as God told me to write about rocks today. He showed me this vast quarry filled with tons and tons of rocks. Some were big, some small. Some tiny and some massive. Colors of every kind could be found among these rocks. They had different shapes and sizes. Some were sharp while others were smooth as silk. Some were even both rough and smooth. Some were even broken. Many of these rocks were saturated in the water while others lay out upon the dry sandy ground. No matter where the rocks were located, they were being worked on.
Does this look anything like our Christian society today? Some of us are rough around the edges while others are smooth. We all come in different shapes and sizes AND we come from all different places. Do you see the picture? God wants us to see the whole picture I think and it goes back to the saying “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, we could say the same thing about these rocks. We should not be judging a rock by is size, shape or color or even where it came from. Our journey with rocks this week will unveil the meaning of how we are transformed constantly. Each of is a work in progress and God is not done with any of us!
For God so loved the world that He GAVE us His only Son so that whosoever believes in Him shall have life eternal.
How many times in our lives to we stand in places where we are chosen? Getting a job. Participating in the school drama. Being picked in elementary school for the dodge ball team. Entering a contest. Waiting to be picked for someone’s prom date. Waiting to be chosen as a wife or husband. So many areas in our life for disappointments. Everso many chances for woundness. Opportunities for Satan to enter into our world and have his way. How lucky are we that God will always choose us?
I think there are some persons reading this that just need to get this in their spirit. Because He LOVED us FIRST, He gave us life! Abundant life is at our fingertips. Because He LOVED us FIRST, He gave us a free will. We have the ability to choose Him for our lives when He already has chosen us for His own. Because He LOVED us FIRST, we get to inherit ALL of the things He promises in the Bible. So why do we feel so unloved and unchosen? Perhaps it was our past lives before we knew Jesus. Maybe we still have it stuck in our heads that no one picked us for the dodge ball team in third grade and therefore, we are not worthy of ever being picked for anything, especially the work of the Kingdom.
BECAUSE He loved us He gave us life and life abundant. Get this into your spirit. Stop what you are doing right now and repeat that like a bizzilion times. He loves you. He desires to be in a relationship with you. No man or woman on this earth can give you what God has to offer. Your healing does not come from a book or time or doctors….your inner healing only comes from Jesus. When we accept Jesus as our PERSONAL Savior, we are made new. Our old life is passed away and we are free to choose to love again. As new creations in Christ it’s like we have a fresh new start. We get to choose a new life of abundant love .
Today..choose Jesus. Today…accept your inheritance. Today….begin to take hold of yourself as a new Creation. Move forward from this moment and dive into what God has in store for you. Begin your new life with the knowledge that it is His choice to love you. It is His choice to give you abundance. It is His choice to show you love like you have never seen or felt it before. Choose today to be a new Creation in Love and choose to take up your inheritance and run with God. Choose to be Loved!!!