Read: Matthew 21:1-11

When people are not treated with what they consider due respect, they may shout, “Do you know who I am?” If you have to tell people who you are, you probably aren’t who you think you are. In contrast, we see the opposite nature in Jesus as His earthly life was coming to an end.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, people shouted praises to Him (Matt. 21:7-9). When others asked, “Who is this?” the people said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee” (Matt. 21:10-11). He did not claim any special status or privilege, but in humility, He came to give His life in accordance with His Father’s will.

Jesus’ words and actions commanded respect. He never demanded that others should respect Him. At the crucifixion, He appeared to be weak and it appeared that He had failed. However, He was in every minute detail fulfilling the plan of His Father. He knew who He was and why He came to this earth. That carried Him through the darkest moments as He died for us so that we could live in Him. He is worthy of all our love and devotion. As Phil. 2:5 says, can we have the mind of Jesus? The disciple of Christ should be preoccupied with exalting Him instead of self.

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