This is going to sound funny, but what were you driving the last time you made your entrance to that special place? Whatever it was, it said more about you than anything that came out of your mouth. We are judged by what we wear, drive and own.
Last evening, as we were on our way home, we spotted the white limo that I've become accustom to seeing around here, lately. It sticks out like a sore thumb. It says look at me I am successful, have money and esteem. I've yet to find out who owns that vehicle or, for that matter who's riding in it. Everyone turns their head to look for a possible movie star, as one is said to be living around here, secretly. The windows are dark so as to provide protection and privacy. At first, I thought that someone was having a wedding as it is white, but it can't possibly be that because of the frequency that I observe that limo and time I saw it. Black ones of course, are usually for funerals. Sometimes executives rent them for various reasons.
It made me reflect on Palm Sunday, where, before the Passion of Jesus, He was being praised for raising Lazarus from the dead. Coming to celebrate the passover with his disciples on a colt, the foal of an ass, triumphant and victorious. They sang "Blessed is He that comes, King of Israel." We hear the word King. King has much significance as a title even today. It implies, at the top, the highest, and so it was proclaimed.
Another story, on another day finds His mother Mary, journeying on a donkey, having taken the only donkey because of her pregnancy, transporting the "King of all," within her. Later this week, we will hear the words. "Is this your King? Why did Jesus who is the King of all, who was praised by Hebrew lads bearing palm branches, singing Hosanna in the highest, come to Bethany on a dumb beast? The "King of Israel," arranged for His mode of transportation, which could have been a white or gold chariot pulled by the finest white horse. We find the answer in the old testament prophecy of Zachariah (9:9) where the Triumphant Entry of Christ is foretold.
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold thy King cometh unto thee: he is meek and having salvation, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass."
In another passage in the new testament, even the demons know Him. Luke 4:41 "And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, "You are the Christ, the Son of God!" And He rebuking them, did not allow them to speak, for they knew that He was the Christ."
The Old and New Testament is clear on the subject that Jesus is the Son of God, the King of all. Looking at Matthew 13:14, another prophecy --" 'And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:'Hearing you will hear and not understand;
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hears and turn,
So that I should heal them.' " (The Orthodox Study Bible)
The vehicle that Christ chose was humility.
Matthew 16:15 asks us the question. The previous, (14) shows that the other's thought He was one of the prophets. Yet, in (16) Simon Peter says of Him "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Just before His passion (20)"Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ".
(15) "But who do you say that I am?"
So much for appearances.
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