Good Morning Pioneer Baptist!
The day after Palm Sunday! Emotional feelings coming your way.
It is impossible to get away from the reality of Palm Sunday, knowing that Jesus will soon be crucified. He knew it, He sweat drops of blood in the garden, His closest associates deserted Him – they knew what was happening. It’s pretty tough stuff, even though the crucifixion is what we preach “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;” (1 Corinthians 1:23) and even though we glory in the Cross. “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” (Galatians 6:14).
The simple fact is that it is discouraging to face the fact that mans’ sin was the reason Christ’s crucifixion was demanded, and that my sin is a significant part of mans’ sin. It’s discouraging! Yes, we preach it. We’re supposed to, it’s the only remedy for mans’ lost condition, and we love the love behind the willing sacrifice. Of course we preach it, but it's still hurtful when we consider the price Christ paid for the persons who couldn’t. Us!
So, while we rejoice in the Triumphal Entry, there are things about it that we hate, and we so embrace the contrast of his glorious and truly Triumphal Second Coming in Revelation chapter 19! Now there’s a Triumphal Entry in every sense of the word – The Word!
But we’re past the Crucifixion now in our thinking. Now, we’re eyes wide open with hearts pounding proudly as we look to an Empty Tomb, lying leaders, and awe-stricken guards.
HE IS RISEN. PRAISE THE LORD! SUNDAY’S COMING!
Love and Prayers to you all,