As Easter draws near, believers in Jesus Christ celebrate the foundation upon which we base our faith...the resurrection of our Lord and Savior and his victory over death forever. Eyewitness accounts, written in the gospels, detail this time in history when initially Jesus was hailed as the coming King that would deliver his people from Roman rule and set them free to rule as a great nation. The much anticipated Messiah spoken of through prophets of old; healing the sick, raising the dead, making the blind to see....surely this was the mighty ruler who would reign on earth and overthrow those who held power over the Jewish nation.
Believers in this power outcome ushered Jesus into Jerusalem the week before his crucifixion waving palm branches before him as he entered the City on the back of a colt (conquering kings did not usually enter towns on a colt/donkey) crying out, "Hosanna (translation 'save us') in the highest!" "Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord!" "Hosanna!" But they didn't get it. They didn't understand God inevitable plan. A plan that delivered eternal hope rather than freedom from Roman rule.
As thus it is for many today. Everyone I can possibly think of, regardless of their belief system, know God has the power and capability to accomplish anything. He can heal, turn bad situations into good outcomes, raise the dead, stop the hand of the robber, the gunman, the abuser and on we could go. But when God expectations don't line up with human requests, are the expectations down graded? Do we hail him as King as long as He does what we want? Do we treat Jesus like we do our Alexa? (Statements taken from a sermon) Almost equate Jesus with a genie in a bottle? Do we imply, "Hey, Jesus, just sit on the shelf and let me do my own thing and when I need something I'll call you up, but if I call you up and you don't follow through, well, I'll need another type of belief system because you're a bit arbitrary."
Folks, we'll never be able to answer the hard questions. God is the Creator of the Universe; His Son the one that offered his life as a random for ours; and the Holy Spirit is the free gift given to those who believe. That's where faith comes in. As the song goes, "I'd rather have Jesus than anything this world affords today."