April 14, 2019

Leading with No Lack of Humility... A Five Minute Friday post.

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Hello, Sweet Readers! We are officially entering what is known as Holy Week and I pray you are giving yourself a little room to breathe... to rest and reflect on what Easter really means and on how, way back then, the next few days changed --well, they (read: HE!) changed everything!

This is a Five Minute Friday post... which simply means I set a timer and free write for five minutes flat on the one-word prompt: LACK

{GO!}

Today is Palm Sunday...

I see the word prompt and I immediately envision Jesus sitting on the donkey, entering the gates and going into Jerusalem.

What constantly strikes me while reading familiar portions of Scripture is how Jesus never just does something... 

He is always saying more with His actions than He does with words only.  Everything He does --almost always really, but especially starting with this day-- has layers and layers of meaning!

Nothing He does during this Holy Week should be glossed over or ignored!

In biblical times, a donkey symbolized Peace and Humility while a horse symbolized War and Power! And an unridden colt? Those were considered ideal for royal use!

So Jesus riding a donkey entering the city gates, on this particular time and day of the Passover festival... well, it was a visual example that He came to change things up and He planned on being a different kind of king!
I've written about this before, but what the majority of that crowd was probably doing as Jesus passed by and they laid down palm branches and shouted, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" was a mere ritual. 

Part of the celebration of the festival was to recite this Messianic Psalm (Ps 118) as the sacrificial lamb was brought into the city, through the gates, down the hill, and into the Temple, to be examined for four days. (Sound familiar?)

After four days of living with the lamb and making sure he was pure and spotless, he was then sacrificed to make atonement for the sins of the people.  

I've read that having each family bring their chosen lamb INTO their homes was not only difficult because of the often close quarters and the loudness and chaos of having a lamb inside --but by day four, it was difficult for a completely different reason.  The kids had grown to treat the animal like a pet and the sacrifice was then felt deeper... it cut and it hurt and it was (--wait for it!) much more personal!

I can't say for sure... but I know -all these years distancing me from those actual events- just reading this story of Jesus riding a donkey, being the Lamb held in the Temple courts, tested and found blameless, and then crucified --it hurts. 

It's personal. Right? 
I mean --it should be!

He did it for us! 
He did it to take our place and

to pay a price we couldn't pay. 
He did it for love... for Love...

From riding on a donkey to show us
He is a King of Peace and
He came to serve His people, 
to remaining silent this week
when He could have oh so easily spoken up,
to the long and painful walk to the Cross,
to giving up His spirit, His life, His last breath
--so that we could have the Spirit, Life, and breath
to sing praises back to Him...

All of it was done
leading with no lack of humility,
showing us the Father's Heart and Hope 
for Loving His kids back to Himself!

And every move He makes,
every action, every word this week...
there is meaning and insight
and nuance to be found
if we will but slow and savor!*

Like the bitter herbs of the Passover meal...
it may be hard to take... hard to enjoy!
Those herbs are eaten to symbolize
the years of being in bondage,
of being enslaved.

It's because of Christ, 
that we, too, are no longer slaves!

We have been set free and called
to follow His lead, not lacking humility,
inviting all we come across
to join in and pull up a seat
to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb!

{STOP!}

Here's the thing: I truly believe that there were those in the crowd on that Palm Sunday way back when who knew what they were doing and what they were saying! They weren't simply going through the motions... they knew and believed (or hoped, at least!) that Jesus was the Messiah and He was the King and He would rule and reign and they meant every verse of Ps 118 as they said it!  They willingly threw down their cloaks and waved those branches and declared Jesus blessed! The next few days may not have gone the way they envisioned in their minds... but they knew that they knew!

God always has a remnant!
May we be counted among them!
--Among the Family of God
who were knowing, seeing, trusting...
who led with no lack of humility,
following in the steps of their King!
--Those who lead others...
looking beyond limitation and label,
inviting sisters and brothers
to find their seat at the Table.

Happy Holy Week, Sweet Readers! 
May you take a moment or two this week and reflect...
Breathe deep and grateful, and pull of a seat!

Linking up with  Kate Motaung and the #fmfparty Community today.  Five Minute Fridays give us the chance to dive right in and share what He puts on our hearts! Click HERE to read what others have to say about "LACK"

The FMF lowdown: The gathering happens on Twitter on Thursday nights & then we write our hearts out & hit publish all over the interwebs on Thursday & Friday (& sometimes on Tuesdays!) It's where we encourage & uplift... where we share prayer requests & praise reports... where we talk about food & friends & we find support & kindred hearts. It's where we are reminded that life is good & God is good & we're not alone... & then we all write for five minutes flat, a flash mob of wordsmiths letting our hearts & our fingers do the talking tapping & we hit publish before we can second-guess it all away. We'd love to have you join us!

* = Where my Five Minutes were up! Grace, please!

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I'm also linking up with the lovely writer community linked below:


Crystal Twaddell for #FreshMarketFriday

Mary Geisen for #TellHisStory

Kelly Balarie for #RaRaLinkUp

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8 comments :

  1. Love! Today for my children's sermon, we talked about when we have company coming we have to clean to prepare for their visit. The palm parade is a sign more is yet to come. We cannot have the rest without today. We cannot gave Easter without experiencing Maundy Thursday, the reality and pain of Good Friday, etc. xoxo

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  2. I've never thought about the four days of observing and becoming personally aquainted with your sacrifice. He truly is brilliant. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Right? He's so smart! Thanks so much for stopping by, Tara!

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  3. And, He returns on a white horse...

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    1. Yes... Victorious and nearly Showy-Offy about it! ;) LOL! (Not that anyone --well, any of us anyway!-- will be complaining!) xoxo

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  4. Bringing out the context does so much to bring scripture alive. Thanks for making the connections between the preparation of a sacrificial animal and what how Christ was preparing himself.So powerful!

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