appreciation level


devotional post # 2038

Luke 19:36-40

Luk 19:36 As he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road.

Luk 19:37 As he came near the road leading down from the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen:

Luk 19:38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Luk 19:39 But some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”

Luk 19:40 He answered, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the very stones will cry out!”

appreciation level

The difference between the true believers in the crowd at Jerusalem that day and the critical Pharisees was the level of appreciation for who Jesus is. The Pharisees were content to have Jesus as a religious teacher, within the limits established by the Roman society. But once the excited crowds started thanking God for the king he sent, the Pharisees stopped approving of the worship.

So, today, there are many who are ok with Jesus as a teacher, and praise his principles of reciprocal love and peace. But their appreciation stops before it gets to the level of worship.

Worship is essential. If it does not happen, the stones will cry out. Jesus is more than what our polite society wants him to be. He is our king.

LORD, “Blessed is the king who comes in your name! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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