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Saturday, April 12, 2014

On The Road To Calvary

English: Palm Sunday in Sanok
English: Palm Sunday in Sanok (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Last year I wrote a post on Palm Sunday titled, Will You Wave Palm Branches? If you didn't read it, or would like to read it again, here it is. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of what we as Christians call holy week - a time set aside to reflect on the sufferings of Jesus and what He did for us through His work on the cross. My posts this week will feature Our Lord's journey from the time He entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to the time He arose from the grave on Easter Sunday.

"We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death" (Matthew 20: 18).

And so Jesus made a triumphant entry into Jerusalem, riding on a young donkey, to the adoration of large crowds. They strewed palm branches and their clothes at His feet and cried "Hosanna in the highest!"

It was a wonderful time of acclaim for Jesus, but Luke tells us that He wept over Jerusalem because He knew what would befall it. Shortly thereafter, He went into the temple and drove out the money changers, saying, "It is written, 'My house will be a house of prayer'; but you have made it 'a den of robbers.' " (v 46).

As you meditate on God's word this week and spend time with Him, consider what you want out of life. How much does the adoration of the crowd mean to you? Do you place it above obedience to God's word? Jesus was pleased with their adoration, but He didn't let that stop Him from doing what He knew was right.

We would do well to follow Jesus' example and not let people's adoration go to our head because it may not always be sincere or long-lasting. Jude warns, "These men are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage" (1 : 16).

This Easter season, let us determine to seek praise from God and not from man.

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