The Rigged Election

The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,

“Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
sitting on a donkey’s colt!”

His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”

Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.” John 12:12-26.

The people were so convinced, after Lazarus was raised from the dead, that Jesus was the new king of Israel. The religious rulers, looking at the crowds, feared that the people would declare Jesus king and bring on the wrath of Rome. Meanwhile, Jesus stayed on message: His glorification would come at the expense of His life. He was coming to His inevitable crucifixion and resurrection. And nobody voted for this.

It is only human nature to look with our natural eyes to understand what is happening. It is in our divine nature that we are able to see what God is doing. During the time of Jesus’s life that we now call Holy Week, no one saw what was really happening because the Holy Spirit had not yet been given. Today, we don’t have that excuse.

The king is on the throne. Satan has been defeated. We who believe in Jesus and what He has done for us are now a kingdom of priests, declaring the Good News that God is no longer holding our sins against us. The vote got counted already. We are looking for those who have been elected, those who will hear and follow Christ. Politics is irrelevant. The kingdom grows under the most adverse circumstances because the fix is in. The meek will inherit the earth, not the rich and powerful. The many will be called, but the few have been chosen.

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