This is Holy Week. It is a week of remembrance, an opportunity to re-tell the story. As a follower of Christ, this is one of the most important weeks of the year. Jesus is entering danger. He is purposely riding into the heart of the storm. He knows what is coming but he does it anyway. He knows the risks and they did not outweigh the outcome. Jesus is walking a path of destruction but does it with such love and humility. He doesn’t approach it with guns blazing. He doesn’t come in rallying an army. He doesn’t even call for re-enforcements. He simply does what he knows he is called to do.
As the celebrations of Palm Sunday echo in his ears, he also has the knowledge this will not be the cheers he will hear for long. He knows the crowds don’t get what he is about to do. He understands the disciples will not be by his side, even as he has given them his all. He gets this is going to be painful and cost him so much. His ministry on earth is almost over. The cheers are misunderstood cries for help. He is there to help – but in the most unusual of ways. His help will take his life. He knows this and yet, he still goes.
When we are struggling, Jesus knows. He gets it. When we are seeking, he understands. When we feel like we are challenged on every side, he has been there. He has walked the most difficult path and is with us to remind us we are not alone. He knows. And because he knows, he loves.
Today, know Jesus hears you. He is with you. He knows your pain. He understands your hurt. He also celebrates with you. He rejoices when you rejoice. You are not alone. He knows. He loves. He walks with you.
8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
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Thanks Brad for this message. This would have been my son’s 59th birthday (March 29, 1962.)
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