Remember Milli Vanilli, the eighties pop sensation? They were at the top of the charts . . . until it was discovered that their singers were lip-syncing. Remember Cabbage Patch Dolls? They were another eighties sensation that came and went one Christmas season. Popular acclaim can be fickle. This is session 4 of Jesus’ Final Week series.
What are some short-lived trends you recall? Think about music, fashion, books and toys.
What draws people into following the latest trends?
In Matthew 21 Jesus’ popularity reaches its zenith. In the midst
of public acclamation he “occupies” Jerusalem, the capital of
the Jewish nation. As Jesus enters Jerusalem during Passover
Week, excitement is building and emotions are intense. Read
Praise and celebrate the donkey-riding Christ who has come to be
In the next study we will see Jesus enter the temple with authority and deal with sin. To prepare for that study, imagine your heart as a temple into which Jesus walks, looking for the fruit of prayer. As he looks around, what does he see, and then what does he say to you? Spend time with this image and use it as a means of conversational prayer with God. Ask him what he would like you to do to begin to be more fruitful. Ask him where you can find fertilizer. Ask him what weeds need to be pulled out.