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They Were Dancin’ In the Streets
Luke 19:28-40


Can you just see the headlines some 2000 years ago in the Jerusalem Times - THEY WERE DANCING IN THE STREETS – Jesus of Nazareth has the town rocking and rolling in the streets.  This Jesus has everything all shook up. 

Dancing in the Streets – Marvin Gaye

All we need is music, sweet music,
There'll be music everywhere
There'll be swingin' swayin', and records playin,
Dancin' in the street

All Shook Up” – Elvis Presley

My hands are shaky and my knees are weak
I can’t seem to stand on my own two feet
Who do you thank when you have such luck?
I’m in love
I’m all shook up!

Hard to believe, but it’s been 54 years since Elvis Presley’s song “All Shook Up” was at the top of the charts. It reached the pinnacle of Billboard magazine’s charts in April of 1957, and stayed there for eight weeks.

But Elvis is not the first to shake things up.  Jesus shook things up – He created quite a stir – He got people excited about God.  They were excited enough to have a impromptu parade.  Jesus the King of kings and the Lord of lords leaves the city of Jerusalem “all shook up and dancing in the streets.” But Jesus is on top of the chart for over 2000 years.

Jesus has just finished telling his followers the parable of the greedy and vengeful king, a shocking story (which has some similarities to the parable of the talents) which ends with the monarch giving the command, “But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them--bring them here and kill them in front of me.' “(Luke 19:27)

As he approaches Jerusalem, it appears that Jesus has another agenda.

I.    Looks like this king is more interested in reconciliation than revenge.

1You can almost hear an echo of the angels that welcomed the baby Jesus in Bethlehem —"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." “Luke 2:14

There is a huge benefit to following Jesus, especially if we don’t mind being “all shook up,” there will be the “sweet music” of Jesus and dancing to a different world beat.  When we walk behind Jesus in the parade of life and when He takes the lead as our Dance Partner life becomes a whole lot clearer.  

Jesus comes to us as a king, and gives us clarity about what it means to be a Christian. He loves us, he invites us to love him, and he challenges us to focus on salvation, reconciliation and peace.

It’s a life worth living; even when He shakes us up.

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