by: Dick Cain
Tomorrow we celebrate Palm Sunday, which is the beginning of Holy Week. On this day, we remember our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. This event is mentioned by all four gospel writers. Here is one devotional thought from the pen of Charles Spurgeon that is particularly meaningful to me:
Remember, beloved, the coming of Christ is with gentleness. It is not Christ who has come unto you if you have grown prouder, harder, more obsessive than ever. No, the Christ who enters to save is himself so meek and lowly of heart that those who take his yoke upon them learn of him, and they become meek and lowly too. Admit the lowly Christ, and be of one mind with him. He will kill your bad temper, conquer your malice, and cast out your pride. Come and be the willing subject of a King who rides forth in humility.
Three Implications: Here are three personal implications fromLuke 19:28-48, which is our text tomorrow:
1. God on a donkey plunges a dagger into my inflated sense of self-importance which is prone to make life all about me and my happiness (Luke 19:28-40).
2. God with tears in his eyes opens my eyes and heart to desire your peace rather than coddle those things that result in your judgment (Luke 19:41-44). Help me to hate those things that disrupt my relationship with you. Every person on the planet will experience one or the other. The judgment that Jesus speaks of here is earthly and only from the hands of humans. How much more horrific is the judgment that comes from the hands of the living God who is perfectly holy.
3. God with a whip in his hands shows me that you never go soft on sin, especially when it comes to the worship of your Father (Luke 19:45-48). You want nothing to hinder outsiders from finding access to the living God. Give me a renewed commitment to avail myself of this cherished access to you. I confess that I do not avail myself of the unhindered, full access I have to the throne-room of the living God. How prone I am to use your worship O Christ to get something from you. This is the essence of religion... when your gifts supplant the giver. For your glory and for my good, deliver me! AMEN.
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Well said Pastor. Powerful, and invoking words. Thank you for reminding me of the inadequate vehicles in which i hitch my wagon; the tears I cause Him, and being thankful for the whip of His discipline to point us to the One and Only true God. Deliver us all O Lord! He is Risen!