Give Glory to God
By Pastor Wu Xia
Bible Verse Reading: Mathew 21: 1-11
This week is the memorial time for Jesus Christ, who suffered and was crucified, tortured and buried, then resurrected for us. Today is the first day of the Week of Suffering, when our Lord headed for Golgotha, where he was to be crucified on the cross. It is also the day when Lord Jesus entered the holy city of Jerusalem on a donkey. Monday: Jesus cleanses the temple (Mathew 21: 12-17); Tuesday: teaching on the authority (Mathew 21: 27-23: 39); Wednesday: the plot to kill Jesus (Mathew 26: 1-5); Thursday: the last supper (Mathew 26: 17-29); Friday: the death of Jesus (Mathew 27: 47-56); Saturday: the burial of Jesus (Mathew 27: 57-66); Sunday: the ressurection of Jesus. During this week, let us have more peace and meditation, and come closer to our Lord, thinking what we shall do to glorify God.
I. Wait with patience, and give glory to God
The Bible did not state clearly when the donkey was tied there. Anyway, this donkey has been waiting patiently for the Lord to use it, for him to mount on it to enter Jerusalem triumphantly. As is written in Isaiah 40: 31: "but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength…" and "those who wait for me shall not be put to shame." (Isaiah 49: 23). Hard though it may be, we should learn to wait for God. Often we get impatient and fail to wait for God when we run into danger or disaster, or when we are insulted or fail to attain our heart's desire. Under such circumstances, we would be overwhelmed by panic, thus Satan would come to tempt us to do what we could not have done when we are sober, therefore, seducing us into evildoing and distress, cutting us off from God's blessings and grace.
The ultimate reason that lead to King Saul's declining from the summit to the abyss is not any other sins, but that he did not wait for God patiently, instead, he offered sacrifice by himself and was deprived of the throne by God. Abraham expected for a son to live to God's promise. However, his wife was too old to bear a child, so instead of waiting for God, he listened to his wife and took her maid Hagar as concubine. Thus, leading to endless fighting and killing between the offsprings of Isaac the Jews and the offsprings of Ishmael the Arabians. This is also the consequence of acting on one's own without waiting for God's permission.
Many times, for some temporary benefits, we take means and methods that are not pleased with God. Though they may have some effect for the time being, they bring about endless distresses and sufferings. Therefore, in our daily life, whenever we encounter significant matters or trivial things, we should learn to wait for God, thus glorifying God.
II. Be humble and obedient, thus giving glory to God.
Why not the Lord rode a horse, but a donkey? Because donkey is humble and obedient, God's name is glorified by it. "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." (James 4: 6). The first sin in the universe is pride when the head of the angels was so arrogant as to want to be equal with God; hence he was degraded to be Satan. The first sin of human is pride, too. When Adam and Eve desired for the fruit on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, pride entered their hearts they wanted to be as wise as God. Only when we lower ourselves can we see the ignorance of human and the glory of God.
In Mole's (莫勒) witness, he said that only after he was completely obedient, did he become happy throughout his life. Brothers and sisters, are you perfectly obedient to God?
The donkey was willing to be obedient to God, tied to the tree waiting for Him. May all of us be humble and obedient, letting God tie us to the Cross with the red thread of salvation, golden thread of love, and silver thread of hope. All the Glory to God!
III. Give thanks, praise, and glory to God.
Quite often, like those of Israel, we fail to praise God due to some trifles. In Habakkuk 1: 1-4, the prophet raised a good many questions to God, when God asked him to look at the nations, he got an insight suddenly-the living God is having dominion over the nations quietly, so under all kinds of disastrous circumstances, he should always praise God (Ref. Habakkuk 3: 17-19).
The noted scholar Sha.Henry's (沙亨利) house was once broken into, instead of grieving, he wrote down his grateful words: I should thank God, for first, I had never been robbed before; second, though they robbed me of money, they spared my life; third, my properties are not robbed up, finally, I am the robbed, not the robber. So we should give thanks to God for everything.
Indeed, there are too much for which we should be thankful! Have any of us who live on the Earth ever paid any rent for our dwelling place and the land we use every day? Have we bought the ticket for access to life? Have we booked the sunlight or bought the moonlight by mail? As to the air that we breathed all the time, have we paid any tax? Should all these be charged in money, how much shall we pay for God's grace? Yet, God gives His grace to us freely, shouldn't we give our hearted thanks to God?
Praise God! On this special day, let us learn how to be more patient while waiting for God, how to be humble and thankful, thus glorifying God's name. And may God bestow more blessings and grace on all of us.
(The information above is provided according to the recorded message of the sermon.)