01 Apr Message from the Head of School, April 1, 2021
Last Sunday, Palm Sunday, our pastor explained that, during the time of His final entrance into
Jerusalem on the donkey, Jesus was “not the King they expected, but He was the King they
needed.” His disciples, the religious leaders of the era, the people of that time period all thought
that a politically powerful King, perhaps riding into Jerusalem with an army, would come to save
the Israelites from their oppressors, the Romans. This is what they expected, but it is not what
they needed. God knew that what they needed was exactly what was provided, a humble Savior
to die for our sins.
There is nothing about the Jesus’ final days that was expected – Judas’ betrayal, Peter’s denial,
the release of Barabbas, the empty tomb. So many times, I have prayed for one thing, perhaps
fervently, only to receive an answer quite unexpected, sometimes even unwanted. God does not
give me what I expect, but what I need.
This could be said for a myriad of situations throughout our lives. It could even be said of our
children. When we are young and planning a family, our minds go to all kinds of places,
dreaming of what our children will be like. And even when they are young we might wonder at
their insights and creativity as four-year-olds and think that, surely, they are gifted or at least will
be ready for kindergarten before their peers will be.
But as we are spinning our plans, getting lost in our vain imaginings, God is gently but
persistently giving to us not what we expect but what we need. The children we have may not be
the children we expected. They may not always look, think, and act like we expect them to. And
we may not even be the parents we had expected to be. But our children are the children we
need. And we are the parents our children need.
This weekend as we all enjoy some time and space to contemplate the death and resurrection of
our Lord Jesus Christ, may we recognize His hand in all the unexpected aspects of our lives. I
pray for a fresh and renewed sense of His abiding presence in our lives, giving us what we need,
even if it comes wrapped in the unexpected.
He is risen! He is risen indeed!