Saturday, March 30, 2013

Repentance and Forgiveness of Sins Should be Proclaimed in His Name

This week has been one of poor time management, for me. It is Spring Break for my young ones, I have been collecting pledges/donations for the "Lose My Locks for Deven" fundraiser, and MOST importantly, it is Holy Week! It all started with Palm Sunday:

The Triumphal Entry: Palm Sunday

And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, saying, "Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' you shall say this: 'The Lord has need of it.'" So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, "Why are you untying the colt?" And they said, "The Lord has need of it." And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples." He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out." (Luke 19:28-40 ESV)

There are many fond memories I have about the church family in which I grew up. Some being the importance of Palm Sunday (The Triumphant Entry) and Easter (Resurrection Sunday). They were a big deal not just something that got mentioned. As a child, I waved a palm branch and placed a flower on the cross. I attended sunrise service and was filled to overflowing with the love of Jesus! I have yet to come across another church family who gets the whole congregation to be a part of rejoicing, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"

Resurrection Sunday

As this week comes to a close, there was a lot going on for Jesus, in His time. This is the when He stood in a place called Gethsemane where He prayed earnestly "and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground" (Luke 22:44 ESV). He was betrayed by someone who was closest to Him. He was arrested, mocked, spit at, hit (Matthew 26:67), and scourged/tortured (Matthew 27:26). He was crucified on a cross and drank the full cup of wrath of God.

He was the Word made FLESH so He felt every bit of it as I would, or you would. He did not possess any special super human strength or immunity to pain and suffering! He was wholly God and FULLY man...not partially human or some sort of demigod like in Greek mythology. He got stressed. He cried out. He died so we can live! And, tomorrow, I will celebrate my favorite "holiday"...when Christ Jesus conquered the grave. He was resurrected and LIVES! I thank You, Lord! I sit, bow, am curled up, face down at the foot of Your throne! Thank You, God, for writing my name, before the foundation of the earth was created, in the Book of Life! Truly, I am undeserving, in awe, humbled, and so in love with You!

He is alive! He has risen! He will come again!

..."Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. (Luke 24:46, 47 ESV)
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