As on any given Sunday morning, I was in church and in a few minutes, I would be ministering to the congregation from the word. As I sat there speaking in tongues, reading the passage I was suppose to minister from, I felt led to read the passage of scripture where Jesus made his historic, triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
I wondered why the Holy Spirit wanted me to read this chapter now, right before I was prepared to minister from another passage. But I had some time as a brother was sharing a word of exhortation before we could take the offering. I read through Matthew 21, and as I did, I knew the message I would preach in a few moments had begun to change.
As I started to minister, the words that kept coming back to me again and again were “Be excited”.
8And most of the crowd kept spreading their garments on the road, and others kept cutting branches from the trees and scattering them on the road.9And the crowds that went ahead of Him and those that followed Him kept shouting, Hosanna (O be propitious, graciously inclined) to the Son of David, [the Messiah]! Blessed (praised, glorified) is He Who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna (O be favourably disposed) in the highest [heaven]! 10And when He entered Jerusalem, all the city became agitated and [trembling with excitement] said, Who is This?
Clearly, we see that the people of Jerusalem were excited that the Lord was in their midst. And in their exhilarating excitement, they did everything they could possibly do to make Jesus feel welcome. A large part of the crowd laid down their garments along the way, while some brought branches from trees and carpeted the road with them and I can definitely say, without a doubt, that they were making a lot of noise as well.
The Lord spoke to me and said, “This is what is missing in churches today”. We, as a church, sure are excited but for things that don’t matter much. We are excited about the new song that was played during praise, the new keyboard that was brought, the number of new people who attended the service and list goes on and on. The Bible tells us in Matthew 21: 5 Say to the Daughter of Zion [inhabitants of Jerusalem], Behold, your King is coming to you.
Jerusalem was excited! It was delirious with joy because their King had come to them. It is time, once again, that the Church begins to get excited that the Lord our King is coming to us. I see young people go crazy dancing when their favourite song is played in church, but seldom do we realize that more than a song, it is about the One we are singing for.
Today, we are more excited about what God is doing or is about to do, rather about God himself. Sunday services have become ‘okay’, when there are no healings that happen. Healings are good, people getting delivered is necessary, new people coming to church every week and getting saved is the purpose of the church being around. But God does not cease being God when we do not see these things happening.
More than any other thing else, today, my prayer is that we would be excited that, Our King is coming to us.