John 12:12 The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors 13 took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!” 14 Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said:15 “Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem. Look, your King is coming, riding on a donkey’s colt.” 16 His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.
The King is coming and His name is Jesus!! The Passover visitors of the day were ushering in Jesus by putting palm branches on the road he was traveling on. The disciples didn't understand what was going on at the time, but scripture says they figured it out later on. We may not understand all that is going to take place as the time for the second coming of Jesus draws near, but we can trust that the same Jesus who defeated death, hell, and the grave will do just what He said He would and we will be glorying God in heaven as a result of it all. But now we don't live in the beginning or the end. We live in the middle and sometimes we can get disheartened in the place we are in. Paul said it this way in 2 Corinthians 4:16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweigh them and will last forever!18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
Usher in Jesus in the middle as we long for and anticipate the second coming of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Work and work some more until He comes through the clouds and takes us home. Surely it cannot be long until this great day of rejoicing!! If we usher Him into our heart we will surely realize the hope of His second coming and keep our sights on the heavens and work on earth to take all we can to glory with us.
The Pilgrimage Continues