The Center Of Attention – Friday, March 29th, 2019

This weekend the scoreboard was the center of attention at the State gymnastic competition. When a gymnast finished an event performance she and her coach would fixate on the board waiting for the judges’ results to flash across the screen. Some gymnasts were exuberant about the scores they received from the judges; others were disappointed and still others expected the score they were given.

Roughly 2,000 years ago the people in Jerusalem raced into the city streets to see Jesus as He came riding into town on a donkey. The crowd was shouting praises to Him as He rode past.

Jesus was the center of attention as He rode through the crowd. All eyes were riveted on this man. Some of the onlookers were filled with excitement and awe as they looked at Jesus, anticipating His rule to be as great as King David’s. Others were disappointed when they saw this ordinary man riding slowly through the streets on a donkey, not a strong, powerful horse. They had been hoping for a king strong enough to conquer Rome.

Finally there were those for whom Jesus met their every expectation. These people looked at the face of Jesus and saw God. They put the Scriptures into the context of His words and deeds and realized He was the Savior. They knew the donkey was the right animal, and they rejoiced that their sins would soon be forgiven.

Make Christ the center of your attention, and pray the Holy Spirit will show you that He is God who meets our expectations. “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” (John 12:13b).

Photo by Jason Weingardt


Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.

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