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God Makes Ordinary…….Extraordinary

Yesterday was Palm Sunday.  It is the day that we remember that Jesus entered Jerusalem on Sunday heading for the cross.  He had “set His face” toward that event following the Mount of Transfiguration experience   Now the most important week in all of history was about to transpire.  From before the foundation of the world, Jesus was the Lamb of God that would be crucified because of the heinous, rebellious actions of sinful man.

Jesus, as God in flesh, did what God does.  He transformed everything that He ever encountered.  We love to tell of His miraculous deeds even in the 21st century.  What has always encouraged Christians is how He could take the most common things and give them an eternally uncommon significance.  He can still take that which is broken and make it blessed.  He can take the most ordinary of men or objects and make them “forever” extraordinary.

There are lots of examples.  Jesus took “bread” and made it the centerpiece of a memorial in His honor by declaring, “This is my body…”  He was born in a barn, placed in a feeding trough and today, Christmas celebrations in the most majestic cathedrals herald a stable and a “manger” as holy and honorable.  Even though Jesus was crucified on a rugged cross of wood, the cross is not despised as one of the most horrendous of objects of scorn.  As it has been through the ages, it has become one of the most noble, beautiful, and treasured pieces of jewelry or décor in history.  Whatever He touched, He transformed.  And, that is still true in the 21st century with all who follow and trust in Him.

Someone wrote a fanciful sequel to the Palm Sunday event, entitled “Only A Donkey.”

The donkey awakened, his mind still savoring the afterglow of the most exciting day of his life. Never before had he felt such a rush of pleasure and pride.

He walked into town and found a group of people by the well. “I’ll show myself to them,” he thought. But they didn’t notice him. They went on drawing water and paid him no mind.

“Throw your garments down,” he said crossly. “Don’t you know who I am?” They just looked at him in amazement. Someone slapped him on the side and ordered him to move on.

“Miserable heathens!” he muttered to himself. “I’ll just go to the market where the good people are. They will remember me.” But the same thing happened. No one paid any attention to the donkey as he strutted down the main street in front of the market place.

“The palm branches! Where are the palm branches?” he shouted. “Yesterday, you waved palm branches!” Hurt and confused, the donkey returned home to his mother.

“Foolish child,” she said gently. Don’t you realize that without Him, you are just an ordinary donkey?”      (Source: Adapted from Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice. Copyright 1994 by Youth Specialties, Inc.)