This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)
Today, on this beautiful Palm Sunday morning, I am feeling very hopeful.
Recently, we’ve been tracing Jesus’ steps up until his crucifixion. This reminds me of how people lined the streets to see Jesus enter Jerusalem, waving their palm branches as a sign of hope. Right before Jesus traveled to Jerusalem, however, he was in the town of Bethany, where he brought Lazarus back to life.
As you may remember, Jesus thought fondly of Lazarus and his two sisters, Mary and Martha. In fact, it would be accurate to say that they were a very well-liked family throughout the village of Bethany. Therefore, when Lazarus died, most of the town mourned.
Because Mary and Martha were so well known and liked, many Jewish people visited their home to comfort them. On the day the largest crowd visited them, Jesus ordered Lazarus to get up from the grave, and his life was fully restored. As a result, many Jewish people turned to Christ on that day.
As I read that, I suddenly understood. It is likely that when the people left their homes that morning, they left with the sole intent of comforting Mary and Martha. That was it. They didn’t realize that would also be the day they would ultimately turn to Christ because they had witnessed the restoration of Lazarus’ life.
This is what makes me so hopeful. As Christians, we never know what God has in store for us, so we should always remain hopeful. So let us cling to these words: “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)
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So today, remain hopeful.