Another tough week is under our belt. We are one day closer to Easter.
On this celebratory day of Palm Sunday Jesus KNEW that things would get much worse, before they got better. He knew what horrific events would unfold. He knew of His own suffering, pain and sorrow. And still chose obedience.
This day marks the joyous entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The crowds assembled, threw down their cloaks and covered the dirt with palms eager to welcome the Messiah. It was not a warrior’s stallion or a king’s carriage that carried Jesus through the gates. Jesus rode in on a smelly, ordinary, nothing special, donkey. This divine reversal was just one of many. And representative of how, even today, Jesus often confounds our expectations.
We have the advantage to look back on history and know the events that followed Jesus’ triumphal entry. We know that the throngs of people who were cheering, soon changed their tune and began jeering. “Crucify Him. Crucify Him.” As you complete your final week of this Lenten Prayer Challenge may you be motivated as you consider the notion that YOU quite likely would have been among those throngs of people shouting for the Messiah’s death! And yet, Jesus pressed on. Jesus completed the will of the Father. He did it for the people shouting for His savage death. He did it for you. And He did it for me.
PAUSE to celebrate
In light of our present day pandemic, does it feel as if Holy Week will take a back seat? Sure, Easter will still come, but our isolation won’t be over, uncertainty still looms and more suffering is inevitable. So doesn’t a celebration feel forced?
Here’s the thing… this life is not our final home. Easter never promised an end to sadness and suffering this side of heaven. Easter promises a hope and certainty for our eternal home. And that is worth celebrating!
We have a lot to learn from this Holy Week. May your faithful devotion throughout this lenten prayer challenge fuel your relationship with Jesus forever more.
Dear Heavenly Father, This is NOT what we expected for Palm Sunday. Please be near. Please guide our thoughts and calm our fears. May we find eternal hope and assurance in your promise of Easter. Amen.
How is the Lord encouraging you? What is He teaching you? What scripture or devotional spoke to you this week? How can we be praying for you? To leave your comment…. simply scroll to the very bottom, beyond any other comments, and you will see a white box labeled… leave a reply. You write what you’d like in the box then hit the gold tab (this color) that says POST COMMENT.
Please join me in praying for La vida Llena, here in Albuquerque. Several of our faithful lenten pray-ers reside there and several residents and some staff have tested positive for the virus.