April 4, 2009 by

John 12b – “The Procession of Joy”

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Jesus knew the nature of the crowd. This was the same kind of crowd that witnessed His miracles at the beginning of His ministry 3 years prior in Jerusalem.

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READ JOHN 12:12-19

Jesus knew the nature of the crowd. This was the same kind of crowd that witnessed His miracles at the beginning of His ministry 3 years prior in Jerusalem (John 2:23-25). In those 3 years, those people hadn’t changed but, thank God, neither had Christ. He knew what they were capable of for He knew their (our/my) nature. And yet…He still came. He knew within 4-5 days, this warm, hospitable crowd would become an angry, condemning mob. And yet…He still came. He knew that though He was now being led in praise and honor into Jerusalem, carried on a donkey, hailed as the instrument of blessing, that by the end of the week he would be dragged out of Jerusalem as “the goat”, forced to carry the instrument of His own death…and yet, He still came. He looked into their eyes and saw wonder, joy, curiosity knowing that by the end of the week those eyes would project hatred, hostility and condemnation…and yet He still came.

And…He still comes! Because His love for us is based on His nature to love and His perfect submission to the perfect will of a God who loves us enough…to still come! As the song says, “He looked beyond my fault and saw my need”. Praise be to God!

Vs. 19 “Every party loves a pooper” and there they are, in the background, the Party Poopers, the Frozen Chosen, the Elder Brothers, the Prefects of Piety, the Holy Critics – The Pharisees! They were indignant to people going to Jesus, they were hostile to Jesus coming to them. It is amazing and alarming how resistance to God can come from the people of God and for such “good” reasons. We must ever be vigilant as to how we judge people’s fervor and passion for Christ on the basis of our preferred methods and slanted expectations. We will find ourselves not merely in opposition to pure devotion to Christ in others but also to Christ, Himself.

In the background of devotion to Christ, many times, can also be found contempt for Him as well. The miracle is how God uses the contempt of hostile humanity as a canvas to display the magnificence of His grace and truth without compromising His commitment to be Himself or our “freedom” to be ourselves.

Praise God that in spite of an unwilling, inhospitable, hostile, resistant humanity, this God still comes!

One Response to John 12b – “The Procession of Joy”

  1. Leo Wurschmidt

    We are stubborn (bad)… but God is gloriously unchanging (great!!).

    It is heart-warming to know that despite the fact that we do not deserve it, God gives us His glorious grace and saves me, the lowly sinner. It is also neat to know that if any of those Frozen Chosen had come to the Lord Jesus and said "I believe," Jesus would have told him "welcome, We're glad you are here."

    BTW, I love our knew theme.