Sunday, April 9, 2017

Happy Palm Sunday 2017!



HAPPY PALM SUNDAY!

Palm Sunday was the day of Jesus' triumphant entry to Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week. The following week would change the course of history and open up the choice of salvation to everyone in the world, not just Jews, as it had been traditionally. During His entry, Jesus did not make himself stand out, as a king normally would. No; even though Jesus was a king - THE King - He humbled Himself and rode into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey. What?! Jesus, the Son of God, the One who totally deserves the attention and praise of everyone, did what? He humbled Himself. Why would a King do that? He did it not only because it would fulfill Scripture (Zechariah 9:9), but also because a donkey is a symbol of peace. See, many Jews believed that when the Messiah would come, He would rescue them from the oppressive Romans. But instead of coming with a huge heavenly army, the Messiah came alone; humble and looking as normal as everyone else (Isaiah 53:2). Though He was fully man and fully God, many would never guess that based off of His appearance and dress. Jesus was modest, though He deserved more glory. He was peacefully even when He had the reasons to be angry at God's adulterous people. In short, Jesus was not what everyone thought He would be like. Though we often have expectations set in our minds about what our ideals look like, Jesus didn't look ideal. He looked less than ideal. I think the irony of this goes to show that our ideals aren't the same as God's. Look at 1 Samuel 16:7. God tells Samuel not to focus on the outward appearance but the heart. This verse is still applicable today. We focus on the outward appearance when we could be delighting in something much better, which may not necessarily look great on the outside. Look at Jesus. "He had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty" (Isaiah 53:2). But inside, He was God, and still is. In other words, don't miss the gold by focusing on the pyrite.

This Holy Week, I pray that you would truly understand and believe in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As we continue the Holy Week 2017 series, we'll go over the power of Jesus' life and how it can affect us even today, 2,000 years later. He came not to condemn the world, but to save it (John 3:17). God is waiting for you to accept this priceless gift. If you just believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven and to have a personal relationship with God, then it will be granted to you just like that. Your life will be transformed and enlightened in so many beautiful ways. He gives you purpose and meaning to life. I know it may seem too good to be true, or too easy, but that's kind of the beauty of it. God loves each and every one of us, so He is giving us the choice to choose this. Are you willing to make Him the King of your Heart, or will you continue to live the life of darkness?
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