Tuesday, March 12, 2013

...and the horse you rode in on‏

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Screw you and the horse you rode in on”?

Never was this more aptly applied in context as in the life of Jesus.

I submit to you the following as evidence:

John 12:13-15

13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,

15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
sitting on a donkey's colt!”

Jesus rode into town on a horse (of sorts) amidst cheers and fanfare lauding His praise.

Mark 15:9-12

9 And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”10 For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up.11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead.12 And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?”

These same people by week’s end were wanting Him crucified and banished from their city.

Might I be so bold as to suggest that this is the epitome of “screw you and the horse you rode in on.”

The next time you hear this phrase thrown around may your mind gravitate towards the One who entered the final leg of His mission tearfully realizing that the people who patted him on the back would in a week’s time passionately be found persuading Pilate to punish Him mercilessly before their eyes.

Isaiah 53:3

He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

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