Have you failed to perceive your ‘hour of visitation’ because the Lord has answered you in a way you didn’t expect and entered your circumstances through a ‘back gate’?
By Heather Djunga
In the Biblical account from which Palm Sunday derives its meaning, Jesus entered Jerusalem through a ‘back door’, entering through the gates on a donkey. These particular gates took Him through the poorest parts of the city. That, and his unassuming appearance – and the donkey – made it hard to believe this was the King of Heaven and Earth.
Surely, if the King of Heaven and Earth arrived in the city, He would come via the men who were respectable, popular, ‘clean’ (keeping in mind that cleanness equated to holiness in this context). Yet, here was Jesus, mingling with the poor and downcast. And a donkey? Seriously?
The Pharisees were so offended by Jesus’ grand entrance because Jesus broke all protocol. They should have been happy about what was going on but how could a holy King associate with the scum of the city?
But the little kids saw the miracle. They lifted their palm branches and serenaded the King of Kings.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matt 5:8)
I believe that God answers every prayer. He says this much in His Word. He can do anything. But when He arrives, will we have the faith to see and receive Him?
Read this account of the persistent widow from Luke 18 carefully and how it concludes.
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Read the conclusion again: “However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Are you viewing your circumstances through eyes of faith to see what Jesus is doing in your midst?
The Lord has really put on my heart for us to pray for the discernment to see the activity of His Holy Spirit and the faith to respond in humility and obedience. I believe He is going to be taking some back gates in answer to our prayers and we need to welcome Him into our midst, trusting His Sovereignty and understanding that His ways are not our ways, nor are His thoughts our thoughts(Is 55).
Let us receive Him as the children did when He entered the gates of the Holy City. Let us be among the crowd waving the palm branches and singing praise for what He has done, not among those who fail to see His grand entrance because He has broken all religious protocol, and has taken a back gate which we didn’t expect him to enter through.
Open our eyes Lord to see what you are doing in our midst.
“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.” (Luke 19 vs 41-44)
“Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zec 9:9)
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