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You Are Enough

This is not my writing. The original is at The Human Becoming: A Lenten Devotional

Palm Sunday | Enough | Rev. Ben Robinson – The Human Becoming, a Lenten Devotional

On that day there were two roads leading into Jerusalem, and the people knew it. One road brought the governor, Pontius Pilate, sitting upon a warhorse, leading battalions of armor-clad Roman Soldiers through the main gate of the city. The people knew this was a reminder that if anyone thought of revolting, the Roman war machine would strike them down. The people knew this was what Rome called “peace”—the absence of war due to the threat of violence.

But the people also knew what was happening on the other road, the one that approached the eastern gate—the road Jesus traveled. The people knew the scriptures told them that the Messiah would enter through this gate on the back of a donkey and defeat the foreign army.

Jesus knew it too. Jesus watched the people wave palm branches—the traditional symbol for military victory. Jesus heard the people’s desperation as they cried out Hosanna, “save us.” Jesus knew the people wanted to be saved from Roman rule, but Jesus had something bigger in mind. Jesus wanted to save them from the peace of Rome.

The salvation Jesus offered was the road of the donkey; a road geographically and spiritually opposed to the road of the warhorse. Where the road of the warhorse relied on dominance and power, the road of the donkey relied on humility and self-sacrifice. The road of the donkey would lead to Jesus’ death, but it would not end there. This road would expose the peace of Rome as a futile attempt to control the future with violence, a vain attempt to kill God. This road kept going beyond death and journeyed on to new life, forgiveness, and salvation.

The road of the donkey brings good news to all; but it might not feel like it at first, because the road of the donkey does not let us control how we are saved. When the crowd saw Jesus, they cried out “save us,” but what they meant was to save us so we could be in control instead of the Romans. But that was not the salvation Jesus offered. Instead, Jesus offered to save them from a way of life where security could only be found through power and violence.

We ask Jesus to save us from all kinds of things. “Lord save us from loneliness, fear, weakness, from old age, humiliation, or just another month of scraping by.” “Save our city from violence, poverty, and fear.” These are the kinds of things we pray for and the things we want to control the most.

But in the same way, Jesus does not save us from violence by making us powerful, Jesus doesn’t save us from loneliness by magically providing a life partner. He doesn’t save us from fear by taking away all of the scary stuff. He doesn’t save us from that nagging sense that we aren’t good enough by filling us with superhuman abilities.

Instead, Jesus arrives, humble, riding on a donkey, and joins us in our loneliness, our fear, our weakness, saving us through vulnerability, risk, self-offering, and love. He says, to all of those fears, even in the face of the warhorse, “You are enough.” Just as I made you, you are enough. Just as you were knit together in the womb, you are enough. Tacoma, just as you are, you are enough.

This doesn’t fix everything or make everything magically better. I am not going to lie and say it is easy. We know where this story goes; Jesus rode into Jerusalem as simply himself, and he died. But we also know the story doesn’t end there. The road he traveled opened the doors to the only life that’s worth living. It’s not a life of power and control and dominance. It’s a life of self-offering, vulnerability, and deep, abiding peace. It’s a life where we give up the image of what we are supposed to be. We let go of control, and join Jesus on the road of the donkey as we simply cry out “save us.” Lord, save us.

Reflection Is there a word or phrase that stands out to you? What is it calling forth?

Discussion What do you hope to be saved from? What role do power, control, and domination play in your life? What would vulnerability feel like instead?

Public Action Walk the streets of your city, and as you walk each one, say to yourself, “(Your city’s name), you are enough. Just as you are.” Look for signs of salvation through peace, humility, and self-sacrifice.

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For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

A commonly heard and used verse. But this morning as I read it, it suddenly dawned: this verse comes to the Israelites in a hard, dark place! They are exiles, living in Babylon, far from their homes, far (they think) from their God.

But, God tells them HE is the one in charge, not their captors. HE placed them in Babylon. They are to grow, prosper, expand – IN CAPTIVITY! In fact, He tells them they are to pray for their captors and empire because their prosperity and future is linked, by God, to Babylon for the time frame He has determined. They are TO BLOOM WHERE HE PLANTED THEM.

When we get into hard or difficult times, when life throws us a curve ball, we have a tendency to think, “God how could you do this? Get me out!” What if that hard place is for your benefit, your growth, or even, gasp, for your protection? Nothing, let me repeat: NOTHING, is unseen, unknown, unexpected by God. If you are a believer, if you are His, you are never out of His hands.

And it is in the depth of this dark place God says “I know what I have for you, and it’s for your good, your benefit. BLOOM where I placed you!”

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Today’s Verse

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
Revelation 3:20 ESV

NOTICE: there is no doorknob. Jesus is a gentleman. He will not enter without an invitation. He will not break the door down. He will knock – and keep knocking – until you open the door.

Ate you going to open the door this year?

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Merry Christmas, to all!

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 NLT

A child is born. Simple words.

But this was different. This time the child was no mere human. This child was THE WORD, God-become-man, the very person of the eternal Godhead willingly leaving behind his God-ness in order to fix what was broken by humans. In other words, He left glory to save Jacquie – before I loved Him, before I knew Him, He came anyway.

And make no mistake: He came to save you as well, if you’ll let Him. So, welcome, Lord Jesus, come fill hearts with Your love today and always.


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Today’s Verse

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Proverbs 1:7 NLT

This verse is deserving of some exposition and definition. In English, the word”fear” is, in common usage, almost exclusively defined in its negative aspect, that of dread or alarm.

But there is a second meaning of fear: that of profound, reverential awe or wonder. It is in this sense that it is used by the writers of Scripture. It is this usage that we must employ here. When we realize the goodness, power, majesty and grace of the One who created all things, then what other response is there but to fall dawn in awe before Him? After all, if we believe there is none like Him, then fear — awestruck wonder — comes naturally.

When we then stand in awe of God, we can acknowledge His wisdom and goodness. And when we do that, then we can begin to understand the Truths around us. And then we begin to grow in wisdom. ,

So then we can logically conclude that the fear of the LORD is indeed wisdom.