Wanting things now can stop you from seeing the longer term gain
The words ‘I want it now’ would to a large degree reflect much of the philosophy of our 21st century society.
Advances in technology, travel and communications have enabled us to enjoy much of what we desire almost immediately.
Many retailers would invite us to buy now and pay later, superseding the practice of former generations of waiting and saving before making the purchase.
When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday the people cried ‘Hosanna’ to the Son of David. Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest, Mathew Ch 21 vs9+10.
The word Hosanna means save now.
The expectation of the multitude that followed Jesus into Jerusalem was that he would give immediate emancipation from Roman occupation.
The prophet Zechariah had foretold that their king would enter Jerusalem in this manner Zechariah Ch9 v9 and the people thought now was their opportunity.
After His resurrection Jesus engaged in conversation with two disillusioned travellers to Emmaus, a village some seven miles outside Jerusalem.
In response to his question concerning their sadness one of them named Cleopas sought to inform their apparent ignorant fellow traveller of the recent events that had taken place in Jerusalem.
Included in his answer Cleopas said ‘we were hoping that He was about to redeem Israel’ Luke Ch24 vs13-35.
Sadly the people were only concerned with their immediate future and failed to fully appreciate the reason why Christ had come into the world.
Later the gospel writers would give us the details of the events that followed Jesus riding into Jerusalem and how that the cry of the people soon changed from ‘Hosanna’ to ‘Crucify.’
Failure to deliver on the here and now in the eyes of the Jews resulted in their rejection of the Messiah.
The message of the Christian gospel is that Christ came into the world with a far more reaching mission than just bringing deliverance to the Jewish nation of that day.
The need of mankind was of a universal scale not national and the need was spiritual not physical.
Men and women of today have the same need of salvation as to those to whom the message of a risen Christ was preached to in the first century.
The Bible declares ‘now is the day of salvation’ 2 Corinthians Ch6 v2. Faith in the Risen Christ for the forgiveness of sins needs to be exercised now.