Things of Man; Things of God


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Spring means planting tiny seeds, Earth Day, Easter bunnies, baby chicks, bike rides, eating outside at Chick-fil-a and watching the birds, more outside activities such as baseball, and soccer, and staying up later because of the time change. Thanks to Barb Smith’s post, I discovered that March 20th is even Extraterrestrial Abduction Day. I did not, however, spend my day dodging and darting for hiding places and looking for UFO’s flitting about overhead!

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Spring days allow Daddy to surprise his younger daughter at lunch, watch the birds, and then help coach his older daughter’s soccer team.

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While many spring activities get us moving after winter’s doldrums and provide good exercise, the things of man too often overshadow the things of God.

Celebrating Easter should remind us of the greatest story ever told. To all who know the Old Testament prophecies, Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday confirm Him as Messiah. The religious and Jewish political leaders memorized Zechariah 9:9 as young children.

Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king  comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

Even if those present chose not to remember the prophet’s words and recognize Christ as King, Jesus made things clear when Dr. Luke records the following (Luke 9:37-40):

When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

Yet the cheering Sunday crowds,  encouraged by jealous political and religious leaders, display their fickle, manipulated minds when they cry for Christ’s crucifixion by Friday. I cannot conceive of the depression the disciples, His mother, and  other followers experienced in the darkness of Saturday.

Yet, as Tony Campolo has said, “But Sunday’s coming!”

As the first day of the week dawns, the women who go to anoint His body become the first to receive the glorious news from the angel sitting in the empty tomb. “He is not here. He is risen!”

As we approach Holy Week, let’s not confuse the things of men with the things of God. The emphasis of this season is the risen Christ!

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