Where God's Word Speaks

CONSIDER THIS TRUTH - This feature highlights nuggets of truths from the Scriptures that are applicable to our daily lives and experiences. We can stand firm on the authority of God's Word to direct and instruct us in righteousness.

Consider this truth – Which Crowd Are You With (Mark:11:9, 10)

The events of Palm Sunday some 2000 years ago and the days following are recorded throughout the four Gospels and even prophesied in Zechariah 9:9. Messianic references are also found in Psalm 118:19-25. As you meditate on those please be moved to consider the following: Which Crowd Are You With? (Mark 11:9-10) 1) Be careful of what crowd you align with. (As a girl growing up I heard - Show me your company and I’ll know who you are). 2) The Palm Sunday Crowd cheered and shouted “Hosanna!” (Save now). 3) And then in only a few hours later the scene changed dramatically. With a drastic change of mood many of the same crowd were reviling Jesus and shouting “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” Even Judas one of Jesus’ twelve disciples was plotting to betray Jesus to be crucified. How is it that our hearts can be merry for a minute and then become fierce and explosive in the next? This is testimony to God’s assessment of man’s heart as being deceitful above all things and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). 4) The Good Friday Crowd jeered and sneered “Crucify Him!” FAST FORWARD TO NOW 5) With which crowd are we aligned? - As Jesus rides through the corridors of our heart, are we joyfully welcoming Him as the Blessed Lord that brings us salvation? Are our lives shouting Hosanna and crowning Him with unending praise and gratitude for our eternal salvation? Are we waving branches of peace and spiritual well-being? Are we excited to proclaim that our souls thirst for God and we will seek Him early? (Psalm 63:1). 6) The crowd we follow indicates who we are. Are we aligned to the crucifying crowd, grieving the Holy Spirit, being unthankful and vain in our imaginations, changing the truth of God into a lie and worshipping and serving the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever? (Romans 1:21-25). Are we in the scoffing crowd whose zeal for God has gone stale and who disdain the truths of God’s Word and are willingly ignorant of its teachings? Are we tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men (Ephesians 4:14) and ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth? (2 Timothy 3:7). 7) Or are we with the cloud of witnesses whose hearts are established with grace, and who have laid aside every weight, and the sin which easily beset us, and are running with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith? (Hebrews 12:1, 2). And thanking Him for His saving grace. 2000 years ago Jesus walked the dusty streets of Jerusalem. Today He should and must be walking in the corridors of our hearts. When we say Yes, Lord Yes, to His will and to His Way – we are saying Hosanna! Hosanna! When we disavow Him with ill thoughts, disobedience, compromise, legalism, false gospels, hate and anger, our lives are shouting Crucify! Crucify! Crucify Him! 8) With which crowd are we aligned? - The Passover crowd was a rough bunch. The redeemed crowd is a humble and thankful people who are resting in the multitude of God’s mercies, lovingly provided, and are waiting for Jesus’ final entry when He comes in His glory. We are singing, even so, come, Lord Jesus. (Revelation 22:20).

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free"(John 8:32).