What Kind of Savior do You Expect?

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, the day on which Jesus entered Jerusalem to shouts of Hosanna! as welcoming crowds spread palm branches before him.

Jews from all over the Roman Empire were arriving in Jerusalem for the Passover.  Imagine the buzz as people noticed Jesus coming into town on a donkey.  They would have recognized the image from a prophecy in Zechariah that the King would come “lowly and riding on a donkey.”  If there were texts and tweets on the streets of Jerusalem, they might have said something like, “Join the crowd gathering to welcome the Messiah!” And the crowd, as crowds tend to do, built in size and emotion.

They shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”  (Matthew 21:9)

Hosanna was an expression that meant “Save us Lord.”  Jesus would do exactly that, but not in the way anyone expected.  The Jews in Jerusalem expected Jesus to save them from the domination of Rome, but the first thing Jesus did was to trash the nice little Passover business that was operating in the courts of the temple.

This was not the Savior they had expected.

What kind of Savior do you expect?

Modern day Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Jesus might have traveled a road like this one on his way into the city.

Perhaps we welcome Jesus into our lives with an expectation that he will correct all the injustices around us, all of our problems caused by other people or institutions or systems.  That sounds pretty good to us, and we wave him in with joyful shouts and palm branches.

But then he starts to overturn the little self-serving businesses we’ve set up in our own hearts.  That’s not quite what we had in mind.

Jesus rode into Jerusalem to face a horrendous ordeal of humiliation and death to save us from a far more dangerous threat than that of the dominant forces of his day or of ours.

He came to cleanse our sinful hearts.  All of the world’s problems start right there.

As we prepare our hearts for a Good Friday remembrance and an Easter morning celebration, let us welcome Jesus, our Savior, as the only One who can toss the sin out of our own polluted hearts.

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?”  1 Corinthians 3:16

For more thoughts on our surprising Jesus, see my previous posts, Expecting Jesus and Hallmark Jesus or Real Jesus?

About Judy

At heart I am a student of truth, an observer of culture, and a communicator. Jesus is my teacher and my Lord. In pursuit of these passions, I read as much as I can, serve as Teaching Director for a Community Bible Study group, and write a blog in an attempt to synthesize it all. I take great delight in my relationships with family and friends, and I also enjoy long walks, bike rides and cooking. And did I mention that I like to read?
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10 Responses to What Kind of Savior do You Expect?

  1. Caddo Veil says:

    This is great! I remember when I was both younger and stupider, I thought becoming a Christian meant no more problems–a perfect life. Oh my goodness. I’m glad He is continuing the work of perfecting me, step my step, day by day, from glory to glory. God bless you, Judy–have a blessed Easter.

    • Judy says:

      Thank you Caddo, and a blessed Easter to you! I too have learned that God’s perfection process is more about getting us through challenges than keeping us from them. But I’ve also learned that he knows what he’s doing. I love your phrase, “from glory to glory.” Thanks!

  2. Judy says:

    Thanks for visiting, Larry. Bless you!

  3. Larry Who says:

    Deerfield, Illinois? I know exactly where that is as I grew up near Freeport, IL…a million years ago. I saw you on Yvette’s site. God bless you.

  4. Cristal says:

    I had never considered what it’d have been like with tweets and texts! ;)
    The cleaning out of self-serving businesses in my own heart is much needed too often. Another obstacle keeping me from pure worship.

    • Judy says:

      Me too. At least we can get closer to pure worship after some heart clearning:) Here’s to a week of “nice times!” Thanks for your thoughts.

  5. Judy says:

    Thanks Shannon. I, for one, know my heart regularly needs some cleaning. Thanks for visiting! Blessings to you this week.

  6. Such powerful imagery and an important reminder of who He truly is! Thank you for the mental picture to hold in my heart as we enter Easter week.
    Blessings,
    Shannon

  7. Judy says:

    Thank you so much, for visiting and for your encouraging words. Bless you!

  8. KlarionKall says:

    Great post, you really do have a captivating writing style, it pulls you in, if you know what I mean. I really enjoyed this post as I did others. God Bless you!

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