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Good Morning Pioneer Baptist!

Palm Sunday! What a Day!

Palm Sunday is a great day, because of what it means to all mankind!

We celebrate it! Jesus came to Jerusalem, yes He did, and He came with complete knowledge. Take a monent to refresh your memories with these verses.

Luke 9:51

And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be

received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,

Matthew 26:2 Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.

There were times when Jesus’ disciples of the day couldn’t seem to grasp the enormity of the situation, and sometimes some disciples of our day don’t either.

Received up” of Luke 9:51 is a very delicate manner in which to describe the process specifically laid out in Matthew 26:2, which is “betrayed to be crucified.” Jesus knew the process, Jesus knew the price, and Jesus knew the person He was going through the process of paying the price for – and that was “you” and that was “me.” John 3:16 tells us all about it,…. sort of. Maybe we should add in some of Psalm 22. (Psalm 22:13-18) They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

And why not add in a little bit of Isaiah 53? (Isaiah 53:7) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. (Isaiah 53:4-5) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13) Jesus knew all about what lay ahead, and yet, despite the pain, the agony, and the humiliation, he was determined to save our souls! Jesus “set His face” to be crucified for our sins!

Jesus knew the process, Jesus knew the price, and Jesus knew the persons He was going through the process for. I want to thank him today for loving me so much!

Love and prayers to all


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