Did Jesus ever experience “letdowns?” Since He was tested the same way that we are (Hebrews 4:15), we know that Jesus had to deal with disappointments, frustrations, and “letdowns.”
As we learned in a recent message, one of the biggest “letdowns” had to be the Triumphal Entry. Prophecies from Daniel 9 and Zechariah 9 were fulfilled as Jesus rode a donkey – that had never been ridden before – into Jerusalem! The people carpeted the way with branches and coats. They shouted “Hosanna!” (or “save now”) quoting from Psalm 118:25-26. It was a glorious celebration, followed by what we could only be described as a “letdown:”
“And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.” (Mark 11:11)
Rather than a coronation, the celebration ended with Jesus “looking around.” You see, He is Lord, even in the “letdowns.”Why would the Lord God allow this to happen? When you stop to think about it, you realize that this theme runs throughout the Scriptures:
Why would the Lord allow His perfect, beautiful creation to be poisoned by Satan – so that almost every human being who ever lived would have his rotting corpse buried in the earth?
Why would the Lord command His servant, Abraham, to sacrifice his son, Isaac, and burn him as a living sacrifice – and only stop him moments before he plunged the knife into his promised son? (Hint: read Hebrews 11:17-19)