Was yesterday. This is Holy Week. This is the most important week on our calendars. The dates and events from the past that give us the present and future hope. This is the week our Christ died and rose again. From God for us.
Sunday, Palm Sunday, He rode into Jerusalem on a borrowed young horse accompanied by His chosen disciples and peoples following this Messiah they had heard of who said He was God's Son, who healed the sick, drove out demons, counselled, encouraged and prophesised and also preached the good news of His Father's kingdom. They had heard of Him, word had spread among the many towns He visited.
So, as He came into Jerusalem, the crowds removed palm leaves and waved them in honour to welcome this man known as the Saviour. The very stones on the road called out His name. Holy welcome. He smiled at them all doing everything to reach as many as possible. They flocked to Him, the good shepherd hoping that they might receive a miracle. But, as He came into town, what were His other thoughts. Because, He knew that He was to die there.
Within 7 days, this Sunday to the next, He was to be welcomed, praised and adored and then betrayed, mocked, charged accused of the name 'the King of the Jews', imprisoned, His life given for a murderer at the jeering choice of the crowd. He would be spat at, mocked, ridiculed, whipped with skin and flesh coming off. A thorny crown was pushed down hard into His head. Nails were hammered into His hands and feet and a spear pushed through His side. This was to fulfill what God had said through the prophet, Isaiah foretelling the Saviour's suffering 'He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds, we are healed'. 53;5 Within a week, He would be welcomed with people looking for His giftings, then tortured and crucified to die then be brought back to eternal life 3 days later. This is why children should roll their eggs because the stone guarding His tomb was rolled away.
So many 'What If's'...
* What if He had never even made it to the cross. If the tormenting oppression had captured His mind?
*What if He relented against the sometimes overwhleming circumstances He faced day in day out year in year out?
*What if He had doubted His purpose and mission?
*What if He had ran from His cross?
And, what would that have meant and mean for us now and for our eternal lives to come?
Thank You, God that You gave us Your only child. Sent from the highest heaven to save the world's peoples. Thank You that You planned this when You created this earth and for the known plan for Christ to return this time is resplendent glory and power again to restore this earth You made. Thank you Mary and Joseph who
did their tremendous part by caring and protecting our Lord and then giving Him up to the cross for us. Amen
The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. He redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion