Do the Right Thing

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 11:1-10

The easy thing for Jesus to do on Palm Sunday is to let the people make him their king. That’s clearly what they want to do. But the crowd is set on earthly things, and he is set on God. They were dreaming of a political takeover, but his kingdom was not of this world. So Jesus refused the easy thing. Instead he did the right thing, allowing his enemies to crucify him.

People struggling over a decision wring their hands and say, “What’s the right thing to do?” In almost every situation you will find that there is the easy thing to do, and the right thing to do. And whatever is the hardest and most painful option, that’s almost always the right thing. The crowd will urge you to take the easy option. But when you do the right thing, you’re often alone!

Years after the crucifixion, when Christians were finally delivered out of the underground tombs of Rome and established the Holy Roman Empire, the symbol they adopted was not the palm branch of coronation, but the cross. That must have made Jesus smile.

In your present situation, you know what is the easy thing to do. And you know what is the right thing to do. Do the right thing.

PRAYER

: Father, you know my situation, my predicament. Help me to do the right thing. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.