It was just under 2000 years ago. A vagabond prophet named Jesus entered Jerusalem to the accolades of thousands. He was greeted with warm smiles, hopeful hearts, and those who sensed the brink of revolution about to break the back of an oppressive empire.
Although they knew not the outcome, the hearts of the people were filled with joyful praise as the group of 12 escorted their leader to the center of the city.
Interestingly enough, He didn't enter with an entourage of bodies. He didn't have security guards. He certainly wasn't dressed in the most fashionable threads of the day.
He came in on a donkey.
Followed by 12 Motley followers
He carried only the clothes on His back.
And His message of the day....service.
"Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life" (John 12:25)
The system was changing. No longer was the tune on the radio 'What's in it for me,' but now the normative battle cry for those who follow Jesus is 'What's in it for you.'
How can I serve you?
How can I bare fruit in your life?
How can I help you succeed?
How can I leverage my life for yours.?
Jesus walked the via de la rosa in seven days time to give it all up for you. He turned the current system on it's ear and asked us individually to sacrifice our worldly selves for the greater good of God's system. Service.
No longer can mankind succeed in an egocentric core system, He must come to a place and discover that sacrifice succeeds. Just as Christ sacrificed for us, for this revolution to continue, we must come to a place where All of us are sacrificing for one another.
Let's keep looking at the nuances found this week as we point out the interesting pieces of the passion week of Jesus.