We call the days from Palm Sunday to Easter 'Holy Week.' These eight days lead Jesus from the heights of public acclamation and through the depths of unjust judgment and suffering, culminating in glorious resurrection. What sustained Jesus through these days of intense pressure? The New Testament gives us glimpses of intimate fellowship with God and trusted friends, solitude, intense prayer, and a flow of Old Testament Scriptures through Jesus' thoughts.
As Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he was greeted by people who looked at Him as their conquering hero. By the end of the week, the crowds would be complicit in His crucifixion. How did Jesus maintain His equilibrium and composure in the midst of wildly changing approval ratings? He kept His eyes fixed on God, the One who had called Him, the One whom He lived to please. All things, He knew, were going according to God's plan. Where is God calling you to follow in Jesus' footsteps, living for His approval, regardless of what the crowds say or do?
In our rush to see results, we can find ourselves outpacing God. Conversely, when the time is right for action, we might lag behind. Through the trusting relationships Jesus built with His disciples, He was able to shape them, correct them, or urge them on as needed. He does the same for us today. As leaders following Jesus, we need to keep pace both with Him and with those in our leadership spheres. Where might you be running ahead of or lagging behind Jesus and others?