Looks can be deceiving.

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Things are not always as they seem and looks can be deceiving.

People expected the Messiah to come as a warrior King who would arrive slaying their enemies.  Instead, Jesus came as a peace-filled baby, born in a barn.

They wanted a warrior; instead, they saw the King of Kings ride into Jerusalem on a donkey.

Nothing Jesus did was what they perceived as being the actions of a Savior who would set them free from the challenges of their times. Regardless of the miracles He performed, and the words of faith He spoke, people still harbored doubts. In fact, they were so fickle that they turned on Jesus at the first opportunity.

Some things never change.

Isn’t it sad that they didn’t see what the Pharisees saw? The Pharisees saw a threat to their authority, they saw danger and they saw that Jesus shook the status quo.

Don’t be deceived by the things of this world. Don’t be deceived by false prophets. Don’t be deceived by people who would use any means to discredit our Lord and Savior.

This week reminds us of that danger. Don’t look back – take that first step and believe with your whole heart. Pick up your cross and follow Him.

“He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not”. John1:10

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