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March 27, 2018

Palm Sunday – The pain Jesus felt and still does.

by Alvaro Lima

If you were asked: The Triumphal Entry (the first Palm Sunday) was it a day of sorrow or joy? Usually, people raise their hands and quickly respond “a day of joy” and may be that would be your response too, however, with deeper thoughts on the Word of God, perhaps your perception may change.

The disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their garments on them, and He sat on them. A very large crowd spread their garments on the road. Others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went before Him and that followed Him cried out: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!” When He entered Jerusalem, the entire city was moved, saying, “Who is He?” The crowds said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.” (Matthew 21:6-11)

The large crowd knew His name but did not know that He was the Saviour. They didn’t see him as that. To them, He was just a prophet.

When He came near, He beheld the city and wept over it,  saying, “If you, even you, had known even today what things would bring you peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you and surround you, and press you in on every side. They will dash you, and your children within you, to the ground. They will not leave one stone upon another within you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” (Luke 19:41-44)

Jesus wept over the city because He saw what was going to happen. The people were so close but yet so far. “If you, even you, had known even today what things would bring you peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.” Maybe this has been hidden from your eyes today, and this is not God’s fault because He doesn’t want us to suffer, but the problem is at times we don’t want to obey Him.

…because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

Take a look at this Bible version and you will understand it well:

NLT – They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not accept your opportunity for salvation.”

How many times God sends people to others to share the truth with them and they refuse it? Very sad, but there have been times when people attended services and refused to respond to the message and to surrender their life 100%. Sometimes it’s the last chance people receive to make their right choice for eternity. They miss their time of visitation, their opportunity. Times of visitations and opportunities vary from person to person to know Jesus, however, the wise will respond to the call of salvation now and today for we don’t know what tomorrow may hold.

In this Holy week, Jesus is coming to you. It is your opportunity to be saved. But first you must analyse yourself and consider, who is Jesus for you? A stranger? Just a prophet? Or, the Saviour of your soul?

You may be in the Church, but if you are living a life of  disobedience to God, you are far from Him. Perhaps, throughout the years, Palm Sunday has been a day of pain and sorrow for the Lord Jesus, because when he looks at you, He sees that you are far from him, however, you can change this situation. Surrender yourself to Him, make Him your Lord and Saviour and certainly Palm Sunday from now on, shall be a day of great joy!

 

 

 

 

 

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