‘When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”’ Matthew 21.10
Sometimes it is easy to put off approaching Jesus because you are unsure what to expect. What will he say to you? Have you disappointed him by failing in some way? Do you suspect that although you haven’t done anything particularly bad, you haven’t done anything particularly good either? Basically, for whatever reason, you might not feel confident enough to draw close to him. Yet Jesus says: “Come to me”.
As Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem, crowds went ahead of him and more crowds followed behind. As if this wasn’t enough, we are also told: ‘…the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”’ There must have been something very compelling about Jesus to draw such crowds and attract such interest. So this Easter, how will you approach Jesus? The challenge is to come before him with a new openness. It doesn’t matter whether you feel good or bad, whether life is going well or times are hard - he longs to spend time with you anyway. Why not make a start right now? Take a moment to whisper his name – ‘Jesus’. This is all you need do to step closer into his presence. He is right there with you now, so what do you want to say to him – and what do you think he wants to say back to you?
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