“And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”” Luke 19:36–38
I find it fascinating how people reacted to Jesus when they met him. Throughout the gospels, there are two different reactions. The first was one of great joy and praise. Every person he healed, every word of hope he spoke, his very presence elicited a response that made people throw their coats on the ground, grab palm tree branches, and celebrate his presence. The other reaction was one of hate and anger. Not only did he give hope to the hopeless, but he also poked the eyes of the religious and tore down the walls of piety built up by the self-righteous.
What’s interesting is the reaction I don’t see in the gospels. Apathy. There is never an instant in which Jesus meets somebody in the Bible and they disinterestedly brush him off. But somehow now, the common response to Jesus found in our churches is exactly that…sheer boredom. I don’t think Jesus has become any less incredible and worthy of a passionate response, which leads me to believe that the problem lies with the church.
What do you think? Why is church boring when Jesus is so exciting? Please leave a comment below on your thoughts, or even better, if you have a blog, write a post and post a link in the comments section. I look forward to hearing everybody’s thoughts on the topic!
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