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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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Chapter 11 signified a division of thought and direction—it was the turning point for humanity. All of heaven was focused upon this final week, en route to the cross of Calvary. Time had been moving like the waters of the mighty Amazon River ever flowing toward this cataclysmic clash between good and evil. 


Christ laid aside His royal robes and became the servant of men (Philippians 2). The Son of God walked among humanity healing them, releasing them from the bonds of evil, calling them into a relationship with Himself, drying their tears and drawing them to His side in love and compassion. But now the time had come to focus upon the sacrifice—the ultimate and eternal gift of love.


The Creator of the Universe sailed the sea in a borrowed boat, ate the Passover in a borrowed home, and would be buried in a borrowed sepulcher, and this day He rode into Jerusalem on a borrowed donkey.  He had never before ridden on an animal in His ministry that we know, but now chose to ride into Jerusalem upon a young donkey—the very emblem of royalty! The animal was to be found at a place “where two ways met.” Interesting thought! You and I are offered the choice of traveling one of two roads. One is broad and paved with many pleasing things, the other is narrow and foreboding, but we can always trust our Lord to guide us in the pathway to life.


The people’s cry was to crown Him King! They were blind to His true mission. The Devil urged Christ to focus upon the Crown—but there can be no crown before the cross! Christ’s love for fallen humanity was so great that nothing would deter Him from His pre-established course set in eternity. “So surely as there never was a time when God was not, so surely there never was a moment when it was not the delight of the eternal mind to manifest His grace to humanity.” (Signs of the Times, June 12, 1901).


The cheering procession halted on a high point where Christ, looking across the Kidron Valley toward the gleaming marble temple of Jerusalem, began to weep uncontrollably.  Though they were ready to crown Him as their earthy king, they would not crown Him king of their hearts. Their house would be left desolate!


I pray that your daily choices and actions are focused upon the narrow way—the heavenly road—the only road leading to Christ, the crown, and the throne (Revelation 3:21).


Jim Ayer
Vice President
Adventist World Radio
General Conference