The Passion Week, Personal Reflection, Purposed Treasure
Passion Week Begins
Can you imagine what it was like for the Jews to see Jesus riding toward Jerusalem? After many centuries, their Savior had finally arrived! Jews were lining up along the road waving palm branches, laying coats on the road for Jesus’ donkey to ride on (it was their version of rolling out the red carpet for their king), and shouting “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” Their hopes for deliverance from the Romans were about to come true. In their minds, it would only be a short matter of time until Jesus would sit on the throne in Jerusalem and rule the world.
However, by Thursday night, things radically changed as the treasures of people’s hearts were revealed. Judas didn’t want Jesus as a king. He was dominated by greed for money. The Jewish leaders didn’t want a king. They were dominated by envy as they saw their faithful followers slipping over into Jesus’ “church.” The Roman leaders definitely didn’t want Jesus as their king. They were dominated by fear as they saw the potential for a massive political rebellion in Jerusalem. It only took a few days and Jesus had gone from being people’s “everything” to being nothing.
What about you? Do you treasure Jesus? Is He your everything? Or is He nothing? Are you controlled by the love of Christ (2 Cor 5:14), or does greed, envy, or fear rule your heart (1 John 2:15)?
Simply put, the Bible says that the world is passing away (1 John 2:17). All the money in the world gained by greed, all the approval in the world gained by envy, all the security in the world gained by fear is going to pass away like a vapor. Poof!…there goes my life (your life too!), like vapor. It’s true. Talk to anyone in their 70’s or 80’s and you will hear a consistent mantra about life: “It flies by!” or “It’s gone in a flash!” But sadly, many of us continue to spend our “vapor” of a life for stuff that won’t last.
But here’s the hope. Jesus went to the cross because of our greed, our envy, our fear. He died so that we wouldn’t need to be controlled by those things. He conquered death so that we could live for something other than this life in this life. What freedom! We can quit the rat race of personal gain, and pour out our lives in obedience to Jesus Christ as an eternal investment. We can lay up treasures in a heavenly account that will last forever (Matt 6:20) rather than a personal security account that will be gone in a flash.
Don’t fall into the error of Judas and the rest. Your life will be run by greed, envy, or fear. It’s a sad biography for millions of people. Treasure Jesus to your last breath on earth. It’s the best way to use your vapor.