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thought mashups from garret shelsta

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Pastor of College and Young Adults at Christ the King

One of the ekklesia facilitators 

Bellingham, Wa

Day 40: How Great is Our God...

[If you want to know how and why this devotional came into existence feel free to read this]

What you will need:

(Here is the week 1, week 2,  week 3,  week 4week 5 and week 6 sheets if you want them)

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Theme: Praise and Repentance

Passage for April 9th: Mathew 21:1-11

Bars from “How Great”

How great is our God
Sing with me, how great is our God
All will see how great is our God
How great is our God
Sing with me, how great is our God
All will see, how great, how great, is our God
Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
And my heart will sing how great is our God

A Thought:

When my wife and I take couples through pre-marital counseling, we try to pass on some invaluable advice that was given to us in the early in our engagement. A mentor of mine told us “uncommunicated expectations often ends in frustration. Identifying and communicating them will save your relationship much needed energy.” I think this wisdom is applicable in more places than engaged couples. 

God’s people had expectations of what the messiah was going to do. Palm Sunday puts all those expectations on display. The Hebrews expected their messiah to reestablish the monarchy in Jerusalem. They wanted to go back to the “Good Ole Days” of King David when they had a monarch that ruled as preeminent power in the region. So, when they were welcoming Jesus into the city as their Messiah and Savior, they were welcoming in the same way that they would welcome a King. They sang about his greatness, and about how everyone was going to know their messiah is going to rule and reign once again. These were and are correct songs to be sung in honor of Jesus but the reasons for why will become abundantly clear in 7 days. 

The Hebrews began to see that they may have the wrong expectation almost immediately as they welcomed him as a conquering King. Instead of going to the palace to displace the roman governor, Jesus goes to the Temple to chase out merchants who were exploiting and coercing God’s people. Jesus will be a King just not a king in the way they expect. 

Let us welcome Him with gladness knowing he is going to upend every expectation we have. 

Here is the question that I am contemplating today: What are the expectation of I have of the Jesus this Easter season? How would would I respond if God didn’t meet my expectations? 

Mediation: Psalm 118:19-24

So as you prepare for Jesus last days read the meditation passage slowly and deliberately today asking God to prepare you heart for Jesus last days. Lock in on a phrase or a word that seems to be sticking out to you. As you color today, ask God why is this phrase sticking out to you. Listen to what he is saying in response.