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13th November 2022

Who Are You?


When He (Jesus) had come into Jerusalem,

all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”

Matthew 21:10


From time to time, we read of people who are offended at not being treated with what they consider due respect and deference. “Do you know who I am?” they shout indignantly. And we are reminded of the statement, “If you have to tell people who you are, you probably really are not who you think you are.” The polar opposite of this arrogance and self-importance is seen in the Lord Jesus, even as His life on earth was nearing its end.


The Lord Jesus entered Jerusalem to shouts of praise from the people (Matt. 21:7-9). When others throughout the city asked, “Who is this?” the crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee” (v10-11). He did not come claiming special privileges, but in humility, He came to give His life in obedience to His Father’s will.


The words Jesus said and the things He did command respect. Unlike insecure rulers, He never demanded that others respect Him. His greatest hours of suffering appeared to be His lowest point of weakness and seeming failure. Yet, the strength of His identity and mission carried the Lord through the darkest hours as He died for our sins so that we might live in His love.


He is worthy of our lives and our devotion today. Do we recognize who He is?


Read


Matthew 21:1-11.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I am in awe of Your humility, strength, and love. And I am embarrassed by my desires for self-importance. May knowing You change every self-centred motive in my heart into a longing to live as You did in this world. Amen.


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