At the beginning of Passover week, many of the Jewish people anticipated Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem would usher in a free state and the breaking of Roman power and influence over them. Many looked to Jesus to bring release and freedom to the country of Israel, but instead Jesus came in on a donkey.
When a King entered into a city on a donkey, he came in peace. If he entered on a horse, he came in ready for battle– ready for war. Jesus came as King, but He came in peace to bring peace. Not peace between the countries of Rome and Israel, but to the hearts of all mankind.
Jesus came for a revolution of another kind.
The revolution Jesus waged was against death, bondage, brokenness, against Hell itself; but no one saw it. The tide turned in the hearts of the people that week as they learned He wouldn’t be overthrowing Rome. The chants of Hosanna changed to chants of Crucify Him.
The revolution the people wanted was not the revolution they received. Except for one man; in Luke 23:32-43 we learn of one man who saw Jesus for the true revolutionary He was.
While people gathered in front of the cross and hurled insults at Him, Christ hung between two criminals. One criminal insulted him, [b]ut the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
The criminal beside Christ knew He offered something no one else did, freedom for the soul. A body freed with a soul in bondage is false freedom. Jesus offered the revolution of true freedom.
Have you experienced that true freedom? Have you had your own revolution with Christ against the pain and hurts, the sin and the shame that come from being bound to your past?
Ask Him today to release you. He is waiting with His arms stretched as wide as on that day on the Cross ready to embrace you.
Declare today the first day of your new revolution.