Soon we will celebrate Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. I was thinking about Palm Sunday how it sets up Good Friday and then Easter. His (Jesus) mission was to secure salvation for those who would believe.
I was reading in Luke 9:51 where it says “He (Jesus) was determined to go to Jerusalem.” The ESV reads “He set his face to go to Jerusalem.” But He has a long journey ahead. We learn that Jesus has a mission, but it’s misunderstood by His disciples Luke 9:52-54. He then explains His mission to them Luke 9:55-56.
Now this is where I have to figure out where we are in the life of Christ and His ministry. We read in Matthew 20.
As Jesus was about to go up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve and said this, “the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to mock and scourge and crucify Him, and on the third day He will be raised up.” Matthew 20:18, 19
All the disciples can do is start arguing about who should sit where and Jesus says this “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28
Why was Jesus determined to go Jerusalem? To do His Fathers will. To be that sacrificial lamb of God. To be a propitiation, to save those who are His. Jesus is a Savior! Matthew 1:21
Jesus saves, save is “σώζω (sṓzō) to save or preserve from transcendent danger or destruction, save/preserve from eternal death fr. judgment, and fr. all that might lead to such death, e.g. sin, also in a positive sense bring Messianic salvation, bring to salvation” (BDAG)
Let’s think about it. According to the disciples, Jesus was supposed to conquer Rome and the world. On Palm Sunday it started with adoration and exaltation for this humble Servant riding on a donkey. But on a donkey? Where’s the victory in that?
Victory! You want victory? God has a plan, the cross is imminent, victory is near! Jesus is coming, Jerusalem awaits, “O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?”
Sunday’s coming! He Lives!
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. He was set forth to be the Propitiation for our sins, that people may come to know and trust in Him, you see God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us Romans 5:8.
… for you!
These weeks approaching resurrection Sunday should be a time to show and kindle afresh a desire and passion to know Him more. To be more Christlike! To experience the power of His resurrection and finally the fellowship of His sufferings and being conformed to His death; in order that we may attain to the resurrection from the dead. And to see Him as He is. 1 Peter 2:21-22, 23-24 Philippians 3:10, 11 1 John 3:2
Sunday’s Coming! He Lives!
… and that’s a beautiful thing!