Matthew 21:10-11 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
The word in verse ten that has been translated “moved” literally means “shaken” – it’s the same from which we get our word seismic.
A couple of years ago, we were all shaken by the mass destruction and devastation in Japan after a major earthquake and subsequent tsunami that claimed so many lives. They say that the whole island moved 8ft closer to the United States and dropped in elevation … the Okinawa Peninsula moved 17 feet! Some parts of the land were permanently reclaimed by the ocean. The earthquake was so powerful that the planet shifted a few centimeters on it’s axis. But there is no greater disaster than for someone to reject Jesus and choose destruction.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
At the moment recorded in Matthew 21, Jesus was calling the whole city of Jerusalem to make a choice. This was a moment of decision. It was at this moment that the people had to consider all that Jesus had said and all that He had claimed and all that He had done; was He Lord, lunatic or a liar? Would they join in the chorus of recognition or would they turn away?
Today, people have the same decision to make. Life or not? And like the donkey that was loosed by Jesus to carry Him into Jerusalem, so we, as ambassadors of Christ, carry the gospel with us wherever we go.
Where will you carry the gospel today?