As I began reading in Matthew 21, I imagined what it might have been like to show Jesus Christ honor and adoration as the multitude did " spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from trees" and placed straw on the path that the donkey would carry Him through the crowd as they shouted " Hosanna, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest." ( Matt.21:8-9 )
As I continued reading however, I began to realize that the kind of honor that this multitude was showing Christ was good, but not the extent of honoring that He hopes for us all to show Him.
I was impressed especially by His message to the Chief Priest and Elders at the temple.
Jesus gives a parable in which two sons were asked by their father to go to work in his vineyard. The first of his sons answered that he would not work in his vineyard, but later he repented and he went to work in his vineyard.
The second of his son he also asked to go work in his vineyard, this son said yes, he would work in his vineyard, but he " went not " .
To end Christ asked the Priests, " Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, the first. Jesus saith unto them, verily, I say unto you, that the publicans and the harlots go into the Kingdom of God before you." ( Matt. 21:28-31 )
From this parable I realized that the honor and adoration that Jesus Christ is teaching us to give is our work in His vineyard as we keep our baptismal and temple covenants.
These Jewish Priests were supposed to be those great religious leaders of their time, yet Christ explains through this parable that just because a person is a member of His church - it does not make them immune from the danger of becoming a Sabbath Day Christian.
We may go to church on Sunday, lead in our callings, and even serve in various areas; but if we are not like the first son whom repents and gives our all His vineyard beyond Sunday worship, then we would be better off being as he explains " a publican and harlot " that has not made covenants to serve the Lord, but once they do, they do so wholeheartedly.
As we read the recent General Conference talk , " Are you Sleeping through the Restoration " by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf we can see that we are living in time that is just as exciting as the time that Jesus Christ did ride upon that donkey, and His admirers celebrated Him.
We learn in Uchtdorf's talk that we may be sleeping through our great and exciting times with in our our realm of history.
I hope, pray and seek that I can do His work in His kingdom that is here upon the earth in a manner that would be pleasing to Him and allow Him to desire for me to close to Him after I die.
I say this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Here is my favorite excerpts from his talk :
"There is too much at stake for us as individuals, as families, and as Christ’s Church to give only a halfhearted effort to this sacred work.