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CAPTIVATED with my KING



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What captivates us?


When I lived in Africa, one hundred women and I crammed into a primitive brick building for a “kitchen shower.” Smells of perfume, perspiration, and fried chicken permeated the room. Music blared while ladies sipped Coca Cola and orange Fanta.


When the beautiful bride arrived, everyone stopped and stared. Her presence and the cultural experience mesmerized me. We watched as she opened presents and graciously listened to older women’s advice. As the night continued, the ladies erupted into singing and dancing.


Just as the bride captured my attention, Jesus captivated the crowd during his triumphal entry.


“As he (Jesus) was drawing near - already on the way down the Mount of Olives - the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He said, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” Luke 19:37-40 ESV


People remembered his miracles of feeding the five thousand, healing a blind beggar, and raising Lazarus from the dead. They recognized him as King and rejoiced!


But along the same branch-covered road, the Pharisees rebuked Jesus. Why did they reject him? We don’t know their thoughts or motives, only that they missed what God was doing.


What would we have done?


Whether in Africa, America, or other parts of the world as Palm Sunday and Easter approach, what are we focusing on? Are we enthralled with our King?


Are we thinking more about shopping for the perfect outfits, preparing delicious meals, hiding colorful eggs for our kids and grandkids, or gathering with our families and attending church services?

In all the hustle and bustle, are we distracted from the true meaning?


Lord, please help me to be captivated by you. Help me to witness your wonderful works and worship you.


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