Isn’t Jesus My Lord Wonderful?

January 12, 2011 Donna New

When the chief priests saw the wonderful things that He did and the boys and the girls and the youths and the maidens crying out…Hosanna (O be…graciously inclined) to the Son of David! they were indignant.

What things did the chief priests and scribes see? Jesus was curing the blind and the lame in the temple. Men, women who had lived in literal darkness began to see colors, a kaleidoscope of them. Those who couldn’t walk but were dependent on others, a demeaning feeling, could now walk and run and enjoy life.

These things were wonderful for the blind and the lame. They were just what Jesus had asked for because He wanted something wonderful to happen to those who needed healing. To the families and the onlookers it was a wonderful sight to see their neighbors and brothers or parents healed.

Why wasn’t it wonderful to the chief priests and scribes? Could they have been jealous? Did they really think Jesus was an impostor and not the Son of God? Were they so wrapped up in their laws and rules that they no longer had a heart for someone else? It seems like all three to me. Someone who deserved it was getting the glory they, we, do not deserve. Jesus couldn’t be the Son of God because He went to parties with sinners and healed on the Sabbath. They couldn’t rejoice with someone who had been healed because rules mattered over ministry.

It’s the saddest thing, for them yes, but also for the people they led astray. To have something wonderful before you and to deny it or hate it is blind at best and selfish at worst. I watched a baby’s birth and have held my nieces and nephews when they were infants. The beauty and the sweetness of those miracles were overwhelming. I couldn’t get enough. The chief priests and scribes missed out on something. I don’t want to miss out on anything God has for me or for my friends or family. I want to experience every wonderful thing I’m able to. Forgive me Lord, when I’m wrapped up in myself.

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