Have you ever seen a stirring of people or hear a buzz of excitement going on and wonder why? Have you been in a crowded room when a controversial figure walks in and hear mumbling questions? Have you thought that was what happened when Jesus entered Jerusalem?
Likely, you have heard the whispering about a controversial figure at some point. It may be a local person who people talk about. You may have been in a room when a well-known political figure walked in and heard everyone say he or she had arrived.
When someone of some notoriety or fame shows up at a location, even if you don’t know them, you can feel the buzz in the crowd. You may have been the one who asked who the person was. This is what happened when Jesus came to Jerusalem during the last week prior to going to the cross. The whole city began to buzz. And why not?
Jesus was a polarizing figure. The Jews were looking for the Messiah. Yet, they were looking for a different kind of personality. That meant Jesus’ claim was unexpected. This despite Jesus performing many miracles. There were people who wanted to believe He was the Messiah. There were some who were skeptics. And there were many who were downright opposed to Him. Haven’t we seen this in our own lifetimes, at least to some degree?
Jesus taught radical concepts. He had a significantly different view of the Jewish Law, which was given to them by God. He taught that mere silent thoughts went against the commands of God. He railed against the religious and political leaders for their lack of following God’s intent. The rich and famous did not like His teachings. The poor and destitute flocked to Him. Are we being radical in Jesus’ Name?
I pray we all study Jesus’ teachings. I pray we see Him for the radical He is. I pray each one of us will decide to both follow Him and to be as radical as He is. See Jesus for who He is. Study His teachings. Get to know Jesus intimately. Choose to follow Him. Tell others about Jesus. Choose to be like Him. Be radically different.
Matthew 21:10-11 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”