When [the disciples] brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Humble and Bold
Jesus is the only person who ever lived to be perfect in humbleness and boldness.
On the one hand, Jesus is one who hangs out with the very worst sinners. He isn’t afraid to spend his time with the very lowest in society. He grows up and lives as a regular person; little money, no home, the same problems and struggles that most people have. Even as he comes into Jerusalem, he does so on an unbroken donkey.
On the other hand, he never shies away from the praise and acclamation that is due him. He boldly stands up to the self-righteous. He is addressed as “teacher,” “Lord,” and “prophet.” He says that there is no way to heaven outside of him. Even as he comes into Jerusalem, he does so amid the crowd’s shouts of praise.
Jesus no longer rides into cities. But he does come into your heart, and still does it with humbleness and boldness.
He comes into your heart with humbleness as he gives you faith through his Word. Whether read or spoken by a pastor, parent, or friend, Jesus uses humble people and means to make a home for himself in your heart. He pours his blessings out at baptism with just simple water. He promises that he is truly present in the Lord’s Supper. Jesus continues to come to you, but he does so in very humble ways.
He comes into your heart with boldness as he proclaims himself to be the only way of salvation. He gives you more than anyone else can as he promises to you a perfect life to come, and that he will control all things now as he leads you there. He tells you that he has defeated sin, death, and the devil and that he is King of all.
Jesus is still like no one else. He comes not into cities, but into your heart with perfect humbleness and boldness.
Father, thank you for sending Jesus in perfect humbleness and boldness. Make us to always trust the work he has done. Amen.
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