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Weekly Devotion: Are You Not Entertained?!

One of my favorite “underdog-comeback” films of all time is, without a doubt, the 2000 box-office hit, Gladiator. In this story, we see Maximus, a beloved Roman general, basically lose everything from his family to his position, because of the wickedness of the new emperor’s schemes. Maximus’ life gets flipped upside down as he now lives his life as a crowd-pleasing gladiator and fights for his life just for sport. The kicker is, Maximus is no slouch, as he repeatedly survives each deadly encounter he comes across. One scene in particular, he gives in to the demands of the crowd by giving them a powerful show of his elite combat skills. When he has claimed victory in this battle, he shouts the famous line: “Are you not entertained?!”

Now, Jesus was no war-combat gladiator (thankfully), but like Maximus, he was no slouch either. When we review the events that surrounded Jesus’ final week of his life, we see our Messiah humbly, yet boldly, take on the mass opposition. While many of Jesus’ acts seemed passive, they were actually just the opposite, as He willingly took on this path for the salvation of mankind. And the things that happened in this climax of history were uncanny.

In His final week, Jesus continued to perform inexplicable miracles, he endured a long and painful road to the cross and kept going, a great spectacle occurred as the sky turned dark for 3 hours when it should have been the brightest, there was an earthquake, the thick curtain of the Temple split impossibly from top to bottom, saints from the dead were walking the streets, and the list goes on.

But most of those who wanted Jesus to be crucified, even after seeing and experiencing all of these unbelievable acts and events, were still not satisfied that He was who He says He was. I can almost hear the words “Are you not entertained?!” echoing as Jesus hung there on the cross, about to breathe His last, but Jesus instead asked the Father to forgive them.

Even when the greatest display of God’s promise and power came in Jesus’ resurrection, the hard-hearted Pharisees tried paying off people to start a rumor that Jesus’ body was stolen so His resurrection mystery would be discredited. Nope, even still, they were not satisfied or “entertained” with the Truth.

Now, I feel like it has got to take a lot of work to see Jesus do all He has done and still not truly believe. But, such is the case for us sometimes when we garner doubt in our hearts because the world is shouting a different message than the one God has already written into history since the beginning of time.

God has already done so much through creation, miracles, the contents of the Bible, the spreading of the gospel worldwide, in the transformation of stone hearts, and His countless provisions for us. we should be expectant that God will act on behalf of His people in bleak times as these that we may be experiencing right now.

“35 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. 37 “For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. 38 And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.” – Hebrews 10:35-38

If you are struggling with trying to understand where God is or what His plan is for you or why it seems to be taking longer than expected to work out, then take a moment and recall the countless ways God has already provided for you. Let us not waver in our confidence or faith in the Lord as we endure with patience for Him to make it come to pass!

Or… are you not entertained?