RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, April 14, 2019
RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).
Main Idea: Everybody perceives Jesus in their own way.
On November 15, 2015, a young black man named Jamar Clark was shot and killed by police officers in Minneapolis, MN. The incident sparked months of protests, as members of the community demanded justice for Jamar. As eyewitness accounts were reviewed, one thing became clear – everybody who witnessed the event saw and heard something different. Even as videos were examined, people watching the very same video saw very different things. To this day, the truth of what happened remains a mystery, with people on both sides of the debate continuing to disagree about what really happened.
As Jesus entered Jerusalem, many crowds gathered. Some celebrated Jesus, spreading cloaks and palm branches on the road as a sign of respect and honor for their hero. Others saw a troublemaker and demanded he calm the crowds for fear of rioting. The fact is there were many eyewitnesses, and many differing accounts of what was happening. Even today there are as many differing accounts of who Jesus is as there are people on the planet. Some laud Jesus as God, others as a wise prophet, others as a crazy person, and many as irrelevant. Among us who witness Jesus as God, opinions vary about how Jesus shows up in the world today. Congregations can be strengthened by allowing the many voices to be heard, and the infinite ways Jesus is perceived to be shared.
Lord of the holy procession,
We meet you with praise on our lips. Keep those refrains ringing in our ears when the cheers fade and you face the gravity which this somber week holds. In the name of Jesus our Savior. Amen.
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