The day Jesus came riding into Jerusalem is commonly known as “The Triumphal Entry.” In a few days, Jesus would be arrested, tried and crucified to pay for humanity’s sin. But before that could happen, he needed to do something else. He needed to pick a fight with the devil.
Matthew 21:8-9 - A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (NIV)
Jesus had just raised Lazarus from the dead, which his caused a great stir among the people and incited the Pharisees to begin planning how they would murder him. Now crowds of people were shouting their praise and spreading palm branches on the road in front of him. The Pharisees were outraged!
The divide was growing between those who believed in Jesus and the religious leaders of Israel who rejected him and who were the enemies of God. Now the stage was set. There was about to be a showdown between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Satan.
Confronting evil is not something most of us do well. It’s easier to just ignore it and hope it goes away. But that’s not what Jesus did. Instead, he did three things:
· Jesus fought the right kind of fight. His fight was not selfish or foolish, it was righteous.
· Jesus fought at the right time. He waited for God’s timing and then took action.
· Jesus fought with the right weapons: truth and humility. Jesus, the King of Kings, rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. This was a fulfillment of prophecy and a message from God.
Questions to Consider
What do you see in your life, family or community that is destructive and evil?
How could you stand against it using the weapons of truth and humility?
Talking to God
Thank God that you are never alone in your spiritual battle against evil. Ask God to help you continually remember his presence and increasingly depend on his power. Ask God to give you the wisdom to know his timing and the courage to stand up for what’s right, even in the face of evil.