by Sandy Kirby Quandt
The Bible tells us Jesus wept. We understand that emotion when we read Jesus wept at his friend Lazarus’ death, but it seems strange to think of Jesus weeping right before his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on this day we celebrate as Palm Sunday.
Before all the hosannas and praise, Jesus wept because he knew what awaited the people who chose not to accept him as God’s son, and the peace he offered.
Christ’s three-year earthly ministry was rapidly coming to a close. In a few days Jesus would be arrested, tried illegally, and sentenced to die a horrific, tortuous death at the hands of sadistic men.
So on this Palm Sunday, let us sing our hosannas and praise the Savior who entered this world as a baby, lived a sinless life on this earth, became the Sacrificial Lamb who took the sins of the world upon himself, paid the debt we owed but could never pay with his life, rose victoriously from the grave, defeated hell, sin, Satan, and death, reigns eternally with the Father in heaven, and will return for those who accept Jesus’ invitation to claim him as God’s only son, King of kings and Lord of lords.
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As He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it [and the spiritual ignorance of its people], saying, “If [only] you had known on this day [of salvation], even you, the things which make for peace [and on which peace depends]! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. For a time [of siege] is coming when your enemies will put up a barricade [with pointed stakes] against you, and surround you [with armies] and hem you in on every side, and they will level you to the ground, you [Jerusalem] and your children within you. They will not leave in you one stone on another, all because you did not [come progressively to] recognize [from observation and personal experience] the time of your visitation [when God was gracious toward you and offered you salvation].” Luke 19:41-44 (AMP)
I wish you well.
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