here is a story about Andrew Jackson and his childhood friends. His friends had a hard time understanding how Andy, as they called him, became a famous general and then the President of the United States. They each had known other people who had greater talent, who were smarter, who more better off financially – but never succeeded. As the friends were reminiscing and talking one day, one of the said, “Why Jim Brown, who lived right down the pike from Jackson, was not only smarter but he could throw Andy three times out of four in a wrestling match. But look where Andy is now.”
“As Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey on Palm Sunday, the crowds were waving palm branches and crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the Highest” (Matthew 21:9).” — Julia Bruce
Could you imagine trying to live this life without God’s help? In reality, many of us have tried it and most often it ends in disaster. Look at this list of people from the Bible that tried to live life their way and the disastrous way the events played out.
Christ also wanted us to have more. That’s why He left heaven and came to earth. Before He became our sacrificial-debt-settler, the people had to sacrifice animals over and over again to find redemption for their sins. But that method was a “temporary fix” to our sin problem. But a baby changed everything. Christ was the permanent solution.
Rejection – no matter who you are – hurts. Maybe it was in school and your class was picking teams and you were always picked last. Maybe it was for a promotion or a new job. Maybe it was a boy or girl you had your eye on. Maybe it was a loan application. Maybe it isn’t you that was rejected – maybe it was your creative, out-of-the-box idea that you know would solve a problem if someone would just listen to you.