It always seems impossible that a situation with incredible stress will ever end. Most of us can’t see the triumph waiting ahead.
Jesus’s triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem led to His victory through His death on the cross. Through Jesus, it possible to end stress, giving us peace because He triumphed over sin! (Luke 24:2-3)
Stress is Inevitable in Life
If you are like me, you have many stress-points in your life. Maybe you have more in some seasons of your life than others.
My biggest stress-points were while I was raising children. Each day’s responsibilities were neverending, not to mention the little people needing me constantly.
I’m not saying I had it all together because I absolutely did not.
This isn’t about ‘How to have it all together in 5 easy steps!’ I can’t write about that because I failed constantly.
This is about how to rely on Jesus through whatever situation you are going through at any given season or point in your life.
Life constantly happens and there is no season in life that is guaranteed as more peaceful than another.
If you happen to think life is peaceful, that could change at any given moment. That is just life. Do you worry about it?
That is why we so desperately need Jesus’ triumph so we can experience His lasting peace.
Jesus Brought Peace in His Triumph
As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Luke 19:37-38
I have been focusing on the four passages in the four Gospels that share about the Triumphal Entry. Today I read and thought about Luke 19:28-44 and centered in on Luke 19:37-38.
In these two verses that I am looking closely at today, Jesus is riding a donkey-colt (never-been-ridden before) into Jerusalem for the last time in His ministry.
Jerusalem is a rebellious city looking for a warrior-king to release them from the oppression of the Roman government.
Jesus is coming in peace (Luke 19:42).
Jerusalem is a hotbed of resistance against Jesus’ rightful authority.
Jesus, the King, is willing to bring peace to triumph over sin but only on His own terms.
Rebellion Against Parents, Husband, and Jesus!
It’s NOT just Jerusalem that was rebellious against Jesus, it is you and me.
Each of us has a choice to accept the reasons that Jesus came to earth or reject Him and why He came!
Jesus went a long way to be sure that the Jewish people understood why He came to earth.
You and I have many cares in life and Jesus came to bring you triumph over the stress and maybe even strife in your life.
At the end of your life when you stand before God, you don’t want Jesus to say, “I never knew you . . . depart from me!” (Matthew 7:22)
The people celebrated Jesus on the road to Jerusalem singing ‘Hosanna’ and a week later yelled, “Crucify Him!” They rejected the One who came to give them triumph over their sin.
This Easter, allow Jesus to give you triumph and end any stress you have going on in your life and replace it with peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7)
He has come to be your King, to rule in your heart and bring you triumph and peace.
The situation may not change but you can have triumph and end your stress because of the peace Jesus gives when we turn our eyes on Him!
Have you seen Jesus’ triumphal entry from a totally different angle today? How has looking at the stress you may have in your life, encouraged you to walk closer to Him?
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