Spiritual Discipline

Easter They Shout He Is Alive

Easter is a wonderful day to shout "He's Alive". It is not a lot different from the day when the crowd gathered for Jesus' trip to Jerusalem. It was just days before he was crucified, buried, and rose again. We can not only declare "Hosanna", but that "He is Alive", for we know the risen King. But that was not the case in the text. John 12:12-13 The crowd waved their palm leaves and stood in history as "The Holy Week", a week when they ushered Jesus into Jerusalem saying "Hosanna". Just days later, they shouted "Crucify Him!"

I'm not sure if you've been in another country, or seen how crowds can gather quickly to declare a protest, or produce a "Human Wall" to stand for something they feel very strongly about. I have never been in that kind of situation as a participant, but I have seen in person what kind of price it cost some to say, "I have been treated unfair", or, "No, my government is unfit to lead, and I will no longer follow you." Or a crowd who gathered to declare war on Christians and said, "You Christians are taking too much liberty to worship a God that we do not recognize in our country, and you must stop, or go!" I have seen the consequences after the stand, and the price they pay from both sides. A crowd influences and can cost some people their life.

Remember, all of us are a part of a crowd, and we are taking a stand for something. It is true that some people are unsure what their life represents and whose side they are on. We must look around and consider what kind of crowd I am a part of? I have watched teenagers and adults join without realizing that crowds are driven by numbers. They are hoping the crowd will guarantee they will go in the right direction. If not, then later they can excuse themselves by saying, "So many people cannot be wrong, and if they are, what can happen to me?" People influenced by numbers will eventually do something they really didn't mean, or want to do.

Are we a part of the crowd who will stand for Jesus Christ in a world of atheist, agnostics, and God haters who do not want us to pray, read our Bible, or speak of the love of Jesus? The same crowds, like the ones from around Jerusalem, headed towards Jesus, and He was the object of their celebration. They were on the way to meet Jesus with green palm branches and maybe flowers. In this manner, they showed favor, respect, and subordination to their ruler. The branches expressed the peoples' attitude of honor towards Jesus.

A few days later, another crowd came to capture Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Those people were expressing their attitude to Jesus and also had something in their hands. Jesus asked if they had come against a robber with swords and clubs to capture Him. Many people will come to church on this Easter Day with nothing in their hands. No Bible, No Tithe, No flowers or palm branches, nothing will be used to raise in celebration to honor King Jesus for what we know He has done for you and me, lost and saved.

Some people will shout, "It's Easter, go to church!" They will buy or put on nice clothes and want the crowd to know they look like the rest of the crowd. They are there to be seen and not heard, for few know what to say. The crowd in Jerusalem cried out, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" I doubt that all of these people were convinced about what they were shouting.

Easter Sunday reminds us to consider what we say because our salvation is very important. Jesus tells his disciples to say simply, "Yes or No". Matthew 5:37 He also says on the Day of Judgment, we will give an account for every careless word we speak. Matthew 12:36 By our words, we will be justified and/or condemned. Matthew 12:37 We must look at our lives and consider what we shout and what we speak. I am thankful for Lent, Palm Sunday, and Easter. It gives us an opportunity to confess to our Lord what we have done wrong and repent. Whatever you have done, or whatever kind of person you have been in the past, receive His forgiveness. Move toward Jesus, celebrate His Holy name. He died for your sins! He rose again! Celebrate Him this Easter Sunday! He is alive and waiting for you to call His name. Romans 10:13

Father, I celebrate You as my Risen Lord, You are Alive on this beautiful Easter Sunday morning! I declared "Hosanna" on Palm Sunday, and realized the discipline of fasting during Lent. I lift my voice to You in song and my words in praise to the One True, Almighty God. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen! YES or NO

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