In preparation for Easter, I’m going through a Bible reading plan created for Holy Week. It takes you through Jesus’ last week as He journeyed to the cross.
On Palm Sunday, the reading was on Luke 19:28-44. It’s a familiar passage detailing Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, but the author of the plan made an insightful observation that I’ve been thinking about all week. She writes, “Even the crowds in Jerusalem, though they sang praises to God, and hailed Jesus as King, even they did not recognize the time when God visited them…God, very God, was in their midst, in the flesh, weeping for them, and marching to the cross for their redemption!”
Her words stopped me in my tracks. The people missed God while He was in their midst, yet that didn’t stop Him from doing what He was sent to do for us. They could reach out and touch Jesus. They could see and hear Him. They could carry on a conversation with Him. They had the opportunity to do things I so often wish I could do, yet they missed Him entirely.
But you know what? Most days, I miss Him too. Amid the daily push and pull of life, the weight of what He came here to do for me gets lost. Like the people in Jesus’ day, I discount Him as being enough for me, thinking my strength is somehow greater. Or I forget to praise Him for the sweet blessings in my life. As I reflect on this insight, I realize I don’t want that for myself. I want to choose to see Him and remember that because He died for me, He is with me every day no matter what. Not just during Holy Week, but every week.
I wonder if the same is true for you, too? Are you struggling to see Him in your everyday life? What step can you take to help you see Him more clearly today?
Read about Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem in Luke 19:28-44. If you have a study Bible or a commentary, read the notes on this passage to dig a little deeper. Write down any details in this account you find interesting and journal about how you can make a conscious effort to see Him more clearly in your day.
Heavenly Father, You see me and hear me daily; nothing about me is hidden from You. Thank You for loving me with a love that is so much bigger and stronger than I will ever know this side of heaven. Will you open my eyes so that I may see more of You in my life? I don’t want to miss one second of Your presence in my day today. – Amen
One easy step to see God more in your daily life is to read your Bible. The Bible Recap is a great resource to help you do just that. Their reading plan will guide you through reading the whole Bible in a year. They also have an accompanying podcast with short episodes that highlight and summarize that day’s reading, plus other resources to help you dive into your Bible.
BibleProject is an excellent resource for diving deeper into the Bible, exploring the hard-to-read and understand books, and unpacking how it all fits together. Their videos are amazingly illustrated and narrated, so you get the full picture in any easy-to-follow way. Check out this video on the resurrection of Jesus from their Luke-Acts Series.
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