It is ‘Palm Sunday’ and Jesus is weeping

Number 625 • April 1, 2021


We have just passed what nominal “Christendom” calls Palm Sunday. It is hailed as “the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.” Five days later would be “black Friday” – the day of his death on a cross. The day of his true triumph over death and all the powers of godlessness and ungodliness – when God raised him to life again as the successful Savior, soon to be head of a new form of the kingdom of God – that day, called “Resurrection Sunday, ” was one week away. Jesus, knowing that the end of his earthly ministry and the sacrificial death that crowned it were coming soon should have been happy with the coming joy of fulfillment, when he could say, “It is finished – my work is done.” We are told elsewhere that he did in fact rejoice – for the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, despising the shame and would be (now is) set down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2). With only one week to go before completion of his mission and ministry why was he weeping? He was not weeping for himself, for the torture he was to endure or what it would cost him to become the redeeming savior, as terrifying as that prospect was –four days later, in the garden of Gethsemane he would sweat blood while coming to terms with the “cup” he would be asked to drink (Luke 22:39-46). On his way to the cross he told some others not to weep for him but to weep for themselves and their descendants, for what would be coming upon them (Luke 23:28-30). Continue reading

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