By: Lisa Wilmore
Scripture: …And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strewed them in the way. And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest (Mark 11:7-10).
My Christian friends, we should never be surprised when the applause of people is misleading. As Christ had to deal with fickle people, we will have those agonizing moments as well.
In the aforementioned text, Jesus enters Jerusalem which is known as “the triumphal entry”. Of course this entry was prophesied in the Old Testament (Zechariah 9:9). Scholars note that the crowds knew the significance of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem and reacted with signs of respect and honor. They laid their garments before Him, cut down branches and cried “Hosanna” (Lord save us). They praised Him on one day, and days later, they crucified Him. What misleading applause! It is important to remember that we must not get caught up in the applause of people because their applause can be misleading.
One of the most disturbing things I have encountered in my life is to be on the receiving end of individuals’ applause, yet experience their negative mocking in the same season of my life. Have you encountered incidents where persons praise you on “Sunday” and only to find out that they betrayed you on “Monday”?
On a personal note, this message comes at a time where my heart is disappointed in those persons who I really thought supported the cause of one of the ministries God has allowed me to be a part of. In one breath, they were very complimentary and desired to do as much as possible to support and help with bringing others to Christ while aiding them with other issues that may have caused them to lose their way. Consequently, from one meeting to the next, something happened.
Please note that there are some genuine people who love to see you do well and honor others as the Bible instructs them to do so. However, there are person who applaud your efforts in your presence, but will betray and accuse you when given the opportunity. As a matter of fact, there are those who get close to you, then later betray you. So, do not look for applause from others. Their applause can be misleading.