It’s Palm Sunday celebrating the day when Jesus rode into Jerusalem atop a young colt of a donkey that had never been ridden before. It was a day for joy and celebration in the miraculous ministry Jesus had accomplished during the days of His ministry. Jesus was a miracle worker and the people shouted their praise for the amazing things they had witnessed Him do;
“As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, BLESSED IS THE KING WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; PEACE IN HEAVEN AND GLORY IN THE HIGHEST!” (Luke 19:37-38)
The amazing work of Jesus deserves a SHOUT! Like those who preceded Jesus into the Holy City, we too lift our voices for the miracles Jesus has provided our church in recent days. This place, the provision of a new location in which to worship and serve the King of Kings is worthy of our loud and joyous praise.
Palm Sunday also begins the week of Christ’s Passion which led to His suffering upon the cross. The same crowd that praised Him on Sunday, would be shouting “Crucify Him, Crucify Him!” on Friday. Holy Week is strewn with conflict, rejection, plotting, betrayal, blood and abandonment. Jesus is not only the celebrated King, he is the suffering servant. Think about it;
“Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God and afflicted, He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening of our peace fell upon Him and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5)
He suffered for our sin. This is the week we as his children walk with Him toward Calvary. We know that by His blood we have been forgiven and set free from the penalty of Sin.
OUR BLESSED REDEEMER!
There are six varieties of wounds that a person can receive in their body.
- Abrasive wound - Where the skin is scraped off. This can result from stumbling or by carrying a rough object or by a glancing blow.
- Confused wound - caused by a heavy blow.
- Incised wound - produced by a knife or spear or other sharp instrument.
- Lacerated wound - where the flesh is torn open leaving jagged edges.
- Penetrating wound - where the flesh is pierced right through.
- Punctured wound - made by a pointed or spiked instrument.
Jesus suffered all of these. So, if you are wandering this morning how much God loves you, think about the wounds Jesus suffered for you. The suffering of Jesus is the complete story, the convincing proof, the ultimate drama of how far God’s love would reach to save us. So, worship today in the joy of Palm Sunday when He entered into the week of His passion.