Palm Sunday

Re-posted from 2014…..

The Triumphal Entry…. Jesus knows what’s coming. He knows how fickle and easily led people are. He knows it’s easier to follow the crowd, than to do what is right. He knows we mean well, but our flesh is weak. He knows not to trust the praises of men. He knows, by the end of the week, these same people will be calling for his death. He knows all of this and loves us anyway.

Jesus on Palm Sunday

What kind of God is this?

It’s a God who had this week planned from before the beginning of time.  Did you know there was a time before Genesis 1:1? My husband recently shared this with me… Of course, I knew these scriptures by heart but I hadn’t thought of the ‘time’ they were referring to.

Jesus knew from before the beginning of time that God would send him to die for the sin of mankind. Did you hear that? Before the beginning of time….in other words…before time as we know time began, God had a plan to save us.

The Word became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

This is saying before time as we know it began “the word” was there.  Jesus is the word. He was there with God before the world was created. And even then,

before we were created, 

before Adam sinned,  

God’s plan for our salvation was in place. 

Just like Jesus knew not to put too much stock in all the praises he would receive on Palm Sunday…. God knew, before time began we would need a way to be redeemed back to Him.

For three years,  the religious leaders had tried to kill him, but on this day,  Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem, riding of his own free will, to His death.

This is the most awesome event in the history of the whole world.  Nothing is more important. This week trumps everything else in life. 

So please take time with me to remember.

Triumphal Entry

28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”

32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”

34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”

35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

Luke 19:28-38 NIV

See you tomorrow….

“Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.”

 

So, What’s So Good About Good Friday

A baby  lamb

Today is Good Friday. It’s the day Jesus died for you and me so we could be redeemed back to God.  That’s what’s so good about Good Friday!

The fickle crowd  who praised Him to high Heaven last Sunday now called for his death. “Crucify Him!” And so they did. Jesus could have fought. He could have refused. But He didn’t. He willingly laid down His life for us. For you and me!

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

That’s what’s so good about Good Friday!

And do you know what else is so good about today? 

It’s a Good Friday because we live on this side of the Passover Lamb laying down His life for us.  We can look back at scriptures and see the hand of God at work in the history of the world.  Most people never had that opportunity.

The most significant prophecies are found in the book of Isaiah and penned 700 years before Christ.

Isaiah 53

1Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

4 Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
    and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.

Jesus Christ

And this is the day we remember how very much God LOVES us. He gave His son to die in place of us, for our sin. It’s even better because we know God did not leave Him there…..…See you Sunday!

Yes, it is a Good Friday….

Do you still have a problem believing this message?  It was all in God’s plan from the beginning. It was promised thousands of years before Jesus was born. God would send his son to redeem us.  I hope you’ll take time to trace these promises in more detail here.

Palm Sunday

Jesus on Palm Sunday

The Triumphal Entry…. Jesus knows what’s coming. He knows how fickle and easily led people are. He knows it’s easier to follow the crowd, than to do what is right. He knows we mean well, but our flesh is weak. He knows not to trust the praises of men. He knows, by the end of the week, these same people will be calling for his death. He knows all of this and loves us anyway. [Read more…]

Behold the Lamb of God pt 7

Jesus Christ

All this week we have traced the Lamb of God from Genesis to the death of Jesus, the Lamb of God.  Jesus died on the cross between two thieves. The thieves had the same choices Cain and Abel had. To trust God or not. One thief went the way of Cain and died in his sin. The other trusted Jesus and was saved. [Read more…]

Behold the Lamb of God pt 6

Jesus on Palm Sunday

On the first day of this Most Holy Week over 2000 years ago, Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, knowing before the week was over he would die. [Read more…]

Behold the Lamb of God pt 5

sheep

God has promised, from the beginning, that the seed of woman would crush satan’s head.  He further promised that the seed would be from the family of Abraham. And from the tribe of Judah. They didn’t understand everything,  but they understood something. They knew the proper way to approach God was through the blood of a lamb.  The Passover was further evidence of the importance of the Lamb of God to God’s people. They were instructed to observe the Passover every year and remember what had transpired on that fateful night. And they did. Lambs were sacrificed every year. The lambs were to remind the people of what God had done and they were to point to what God was going to do in the future. [Read more…]

Behold the Lamb of God pt 4

sheep

Four hundred years have passed. Many pharaohs have come and gone and another has come to power.  He doesn’t remember Joseph. God remembers the promise he made to Abraham and speaks to Moses from the burning bush to tell him to tell the children of Israel He  sees their distress and the hardship they are having to endure. He tells Moses to tell them He will lead them back to a land flowing with milk and honey. The land promised to Abraham many years before.

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Behold the Lamb of God pt 3

Lamb of God

During this whole week we ware taking  a quick overview of the Bible and tracing the Lamb of God from beginning to end. I mentioned there are many rabbit trails we could take off on, but I will do my best to refrain. Still, there is one I feel we need to cover, slightly off the trail,  but very significant to this study. Yesterday,  we left off with Abraham and his faith in the word of God. He trusted God’s word and it was credit to him as Righteousness. Want to know how to be a righteous person? Trust God’s word. [Read more…]

Behold the Lamb of God pt 2

behold the lamb

This frieze is the remains of a church build 400 years after Christ. Behold the Lamb of God.  The significance of the lamb was obviously well known to them. How beautiful is this? I love the exquisite detail and craftsmanship. I aways marvel at the great lengths men went to to honor the Lord.

We know, from yesterday’s study, that Adam and Eve understood something of God’s plan.  They were given a very graphic lesson of the magnitude of their offense. Something innocent had to die to cover their sin. [Read more…]

Behold the Lamb of God

A baby  lamb

There is no other story more important to mankind than the story of the Lamb of God. It beats all others, hands down, for eternity. I remember the first time I heard the story, I was astonished. Astonished that I had been in church for all of my then 23 years and never heard it put quite so succinctly.  So to the point. [Read more…]