Devotional from Jill Trznadel (4/2)
Palm Sunday is the start of the journey to the cross. As Jesus approached Jerusalem, He send 2 disciples ahead to prepare a donkey chosen for His ride into town. The Savior entered the city with shouts of joy from the people gathered. Cloaks and palm branches covered the road as the anticipated King arrived. Everyone seemed to be happy on Palm Sunday.
Sadly the tone would soon change as their Hero would be arrested, tried, and crucified. The crowds wanted a Messiah who would give political and national rescue. Jesus had a better mission. His mission was to save sinful man by the gift of His own blood.
In our lives we tend to sway back and forth from good days and bad days. You may wake up one morning with expectations on how the day should go. We wonder what went through the minds of these people gathered when they witnessed their Hero fall later in the week?
Jesus came to give them what they needed and not what they wanted. They wanted someone to rise up and give them power. Jesus gave up His power so they could rise up over sin and death. He exchanged His perfect life for their broken lives. They needed that gift more than anything else in the world. So do we.
You NEED Him above anything or anyone that disappoints you. You NEED Him for endless joy and mercy. You NEED Him for days that are dark and seem hopeless.
We have so much to be grateful for this week. The enemy knows that, and you can bet, he will do everything he can to distract us from this Holy Week’s true meaning….don’t let him win!! Let’s choose to focus on worshipping our Lord, thanking Him for the gift of His sacrifice, celebrating the power of the resurrection and the new life found in Him alone.
“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift” 2 Cor. 9:15