This verse was a prophesy concerning Jesus and it was fulfilled in Him at His triumphant entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey's coat. But this verse is also still being fulfilled. It is being fulfilled in each and every person who witnesses and testifies to others about the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.
When we share the message of hope, eternal life and salvation, we don't do it for our own sakes. We aren't doing it in our own name. We are doing it in His name. We are coming in His name commissioned by Him, not by our own selves. We are His messengers.
When we share this wonderful message of love and life with others, we are being a blessing because we are bringing a blessing. There are many ways we can be a blessing to others-- giving a hungry man a meal; clothing someone who is naked; being a shoulder to cry on for someone who is sad; giving a ride to someone so they can go to church; mowing the yard of a widow; paying a light bill; etc. etc. etc. But the greatest blessing we can be to someone is to give them the message of eternal life. It is a far greater blessing to be a light to someone who is in darkness and looking for a way out. It is a far greater blessing to throw a rope of hope down to someone who is in a pit of despair and pull them out. It is a greater blessing to show a captive of sin the way of escape. It is a greater blessing to help someone who is in bondage find freedom.
On that day in Jerusalem as they cried out-- "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord"-- they had a preconceived idea of what the blessing was that Jesus was bringing. They thought it was deliverance from Rome and restoration of the throne of David. But it was a much greater blessing that Jesus was bringing-- an eternal one. Let's not have a preconceived idea that the only way to be a blessing is by doing something "physical, tangible, material" for others. Let's not forget that the greatest blessing is not just food and clothing, but giving someone the opportunity to hear, and receive, the good news that Jesus saves.
Have a great day. The greatest blessing we can be to someone is to tell them the message of salvation and eternal life through Jesus.
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