[CF Devotionals] 2014-04-18 - How Do You Cry?

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How do you cry? I can see you now with your head cocked as you read this and you're saying to yourself, "That's an odd question." Settle down though; I'm not meaning cry like that, I mean cry like shout, yell, proclaim, or - if you're from the Deep South - holler.

We are in the midst of Holy Week. This past Sunday was Palm Sunday. The week after is Easter Sunday. This week is all about the people around Jesus crying out in many different ways but I would like to focus on the first and last cries of the crowd, so let's look at just two of their cries.

Matthew 21:6-11 (NASB)

The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, 7 and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. 8 Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. 9 The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting,

"Hosanna to the Son of David;
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord;
Hosanna in the highest!"

10 When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?" 11 And the crowds were saying, "This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee."

On Palm Sunday their shouts welcomed Jesus as the Messiah and King. In effect, they cried, "Crown him!" Crowds came from all over to welcome him in. They believed he was the Messiah and would deliver them from the hands of the Romans. They were welcoming him with shouts. If Jesus would just overthrow the Romans then they would welcome him with open arms. But he did not and they did not.

Matthew 27:15-23 (NASB)

Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the people any one prisoner whom they wanted. 16 At that time they were holding a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. 17 So when the people gathered together, Pilate said to them, "Whom do you want me to release for you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?" 18 For he knew that because of envy they had handed Him over.

19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him a message, saying, "Have nothing to do with that righteous Man; for last night I suffered greatly in a dream because of Him." 20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to put Jesus to death. 21 But the governor said to them, "Which of the two do you want me to release for you?" And they said, "Barabbas." 22 Pilate said to them, "Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?" They all said, "Crucify Him!" 23 And he said, "Why, what evil has He done?" But they kept shouting all the more, saying, "Crucify Him!"

And now, just one week later, the crowd - many of the same people who had come in to town for Passover and wanted to make him king - were shouting, "Crucify him!" In one week the crowd had turned; their opinions changed of him.

Everyone has an opinion on Jesus. No honest scholar can deny that Jesus existed – no learned atheist, no devout Muslim, no one. Jesus as a person is probably one of the best documented historical figures. So everyone must decide. What will you cry? CRUCIFY HIM or CROWN HIM? At some time we all must decide between these two choices. We can choose to worship him, repent of - that is to say turn from - doing things our own way, and serve him with our life. We can crown him as Lord of all. Or, we can say, "Phooey! Away with that man Jesus. I don't need him. He is nothing to me. Crucify him." I hope each of you decide that he is worthy of our worship, our love, our adoration, and our commitment to follow him no matter what the cost.

Jesus came to Earth to die for your sins and we will soon be celebrating that with Easter. But for some of you Easter may just be about eggs and bunnies. That's all you've known so I want to tell you that Easter is about hope and love – the love God has for man and the hope man may have in God, the love that forgives and the hope that dares dream that life can be restarted and second chances taken. If you want forgiveness for everything you've ever done - if you want to change your life and start a new life then Easter gives you the power to kill your old self and start a new life. Just pray, "Jesus, I crown you this day as my Lord. Take my life, forgive me of my sin, and give me strength to follow you the rest of my days." Crown him Lord of all!

IHFHBOH
Adam

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All scripture references are from the KJV unless otherwise noted.


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