Christian Symbol - Weekly Devotion 2
Palm Sunday
April 14, 2019 

(Matthew 21:8-11 NIV)  "A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. {9} The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, 'Hosanna to the Son of David!' 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!' 'Hosanna in the highest!' {10} When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, 'Who is this?' {11} The crowds answered, 'This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.'"

What a grand and glorious day that first Palm Sunday was! People welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem with joy, excitement, and praise!

But how quickly human nature turns. Five days later Jesus was taken prisoner by the religious leaders in Jerusalem and put on trial. By sundown 6 days after Palm Sunday he was dead in the grave, crucified as a criminal. 

Look carefully at the words in the text above. It doesn’t sound like anyone welcomes him as the only-begotten Son of God, sent so “that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16 KJV) His closest followers knew who he really was, but they still didn’t fully understand – some of them until after his resurrection from the dead.

Jesus wasn’t quite what people wanted and were looking for. Even today that is often the case. What kind of religious leaders do people want today? What kind of “jesus” do they want? What do they want “the church” to say and to do?

People must accept him as who he is and what he came for. "Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners". (1 Timothy 1:15 NIV)

May we in this concluding week of the Lenten season accept and believe Jesus Christ for who and what he is! He is not just an earthly messiah but he is the Messiah sent by God to redeem sinners! 

Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, who has sent Thy Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross so that all mankind could be saved, mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience and also be made partakers of his resurrection. This we ask through Jesus Christ, thy Son, Our Lord. 
Amen

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