Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday

Today is the day when Jesus is welcomed into the city with cheers from the crowd. He knew why he was there. He knew what was going to happen to him. It must have been bitter sweet. To hear the crowd cheering and praising him to know that only days later they would all turn against him, even his closest friends would betray him.
Today, in church, we read the version of Christ's passion from Matthew. The congregation was to read the part of the crowd. We were put into the part of the story that tells Pilate to kill Jesus. That he is a trader and deserved to die on the cross.
I was taken back and imagined myself in that time, saying those words. It was really hard for me. I love Jesus so much and am so moved by what he did for me, I have a really hard time saying that he deserved to die.
This week I want to focus on the true meaning of what he did...for me...a sinner...a human that makes many mistakes. I am so grateful. I can't believe that someone would die to save me. I would die for my family, but a complete stranger, who was born thousands of years after me? I don't know if I could do that.
Could you? Do you believe that Jesus died to save you? Do you feel worthy? How are you remembering what this week really means? Are you ready to take up your cross and walk with him as we are instructed to do?

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