Daily Devotional 4-15-19

Mission Possible And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem… Luke 19:28-40

In the event of a disaster we have people who have been trained as first responders to bring relief to those affected. For some workers, like firefighters, it is their job to run into the very scene other people are fleeing. They have been trained to handle daring situations that the average person cannot handle. They go on a rescue mission. In the event of 9/11, while others were fleeing from the wreckage, firefighters were entering into the wreckage to rescue those who were trapped in the collapsed twin towers.
 
Jesus knew exactly how the religious leaders, the Roman governor, and the masses would handle him. He also knew he would ultimately end up on the cross, dying among thieves. Yet, he marched triumphantly into suffering and death. He was going to face the arch-enemy of humanity––Satan—in a final battle. Death had separated people from God, from themselves, and from one another. Sin had dominated God’s heritage, and Jesus was on the move to redeem God’s estranged people. John 10:18 paints Jesus’ authoritative words, “For this reason the Father loves me because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have the power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. Sure, Jesus was entering into Jerusalem to lay down his life and pick it up again, for our redemption.
 
The text also reveals the humble attitude with which Jesus approached his assignment. Yes, he was confident and not a coward, but he was humble. Worldly kings would parade themselves on horses—a symbol of strength and power. But Jesus chose a colt—a symbol of humility. Jesus’ entire earthly life was wrapped in the garment of humility (Philippians 2:3-11). Due to his humility, even to the point of death, God exalted and gave him a name that is above all names. This is because humility exalts and pride destroys (James 4:10; 1 Peter 5:6).
 
Today, God is reminding us to approach life with an attitude of humility. A humble person does not think highly of himself. He is not self-important. Kill your pride, before it destroys you.
 
Humility was the attitude with which God’s Kingdom broke into the world.
 
PRAYER: Lord, grant me a humble heart so that I may truly reflect your kingdom.