Sunday, April 01, 2007

Palm Sunday

Today is the day most churches remember the triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey and praise was given to Him by the crowd as King. We call this day Palm Sunday, because the crowd placed palm leaves before him on the road to pave the way for the Messiah to enter the city. As we read the Scripture in Luke 19, Jesus Himself orchestrated the triumphal entry. He arranged ahead of time for the disciples to go directly to a specific home to find the donkey, untie it, and bring it to Him. He was fulfilling the prophecy found in Zechariah 9:9: "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey." When Jesus entered the city, the first question asked by the people in Jerusalem was, "Who is this?" They did not recognize Him as Christ, the Messiah, who came into the world to save them from their sins.

Jesus knew when He entered the city that He would not be accepted. To me I think the saddest verses in the whole of Scripture is when Jesus was approaching Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it. He said "if you had only known on this day what would bring you peace..." Then he foretold of the destruction of the city He loved so much that it would be destroyed by its enemies where no stone would be left standing. His righteous anger became apparent when he went to the temple and began throwing out the merchants there who were defiling the temple by selling their wares. He then preached to the people as never before, because He knew his time was limited. Scripture says the people hung on every word. Were people awakened that day to the truth of Jesus as Messiah? Most were not---instead they began plotting how to kill him.

Where do you stand on this Palm Sunday? Do you recognize Jesus as Lord, the Messiah, the Christ who came to save you from your sins or are you among the crowd of people who are listening to what He says but trying hard to find a reason to discount His words and find them unacceptable? Are you going to remain in the crowd that will eventually say "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!? Jesus wants to bring you peace---eternal peace that will last for an eternity. Recognize Him today as your Savior!

My heart weeps for those who do not know Him personally!


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