This weekend is often called Palm Sunday. It’s the day we remember the Lord Jesus riding into Jerusalem for the last time. It begins passion week as we lead up to the world changing time of Jesus crucifixion and resurrection.
We remember how people shouted out ‘Hosanna to the Son of David, Hosanna in the Highest’. Shouts of praise and expectation. The Jews were waiting for a saviour to come to their rescue. They looked for a strong Messiah who would come charging in ready to throw the Romans out.
But they were in for a surprise. Instead, the Saviour came in suffering and apparent weakness. No wonder the majority of Jews are still waiting.
What are we hoping for in a saviour? One who will charge into the turmoil’s and oppressions of our lives and hearts sweeping away our fear and disquiet. Or are we putting our hope in the Saviour who in seeming weakness broke the hold death has through our sin.
In the power of His resurrection he has broken the grip our fears and uneasiness have on us giving us the opportunity to allow Him to reveal the truth in our hearts and set us free from the oppressions from within and without.
Isaiah 53 describes Jesus the suffering servant. Let me quote verse 4&5 for your encouragement and sustenance.
4. Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 .But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
May the Lord be your Saviour giving you all hope and peace during this global testing.
Yours in His service