What A Difference A Week Makes
Sunday we celebrated Palm Sunday – the Triumphal Entry – Jesus – the King riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. Robes thrown over a colt for him to sit on. Robes strewn along the robe. He was welcomed royalty.
But what a difference a week makes. Friday, everything looked different.
Sunday – “Hosanna to the King”
Friday – “Hail, King of the Jesus.
Sunday – Palm branches raised in praises.
Friday – Scourges. Whips. Hammers. Nails.
Sunday – Donkey.
Friday – Cross.
Sunday – Royal robes.
Friday – Crown of thorns.
Sunday – throngs of people shouting praises.
Friday – crowd dwindled. Voices mocking.
Sunday – surrounded by his disciples.
Friday – disciples scattered.
Sunday – rejoicing and festive.
Friday – sadness and gloom.
In just a few days the whole course of human events has changed. The King riding on a donkey because the King hanging and dying on a cross. Two criminals on crosses on either side. For one – the outcome would be much different. For the other, in a matter of hours, he will be transformed from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of the Son.
Hanging on the cross, Satan thought he had finally won the battle of the ages. The deck had turned in his favor. He now had the upper hand. He’d been waiting for this moment – his day in the sun. But there wasn’t much sun on the day. The darkness was oppressive. Something wasn’t right.
Flowing from the cross was blood. Blood that was being poured from the broken body of the King of the Jews. While the enemy thought he could pronounce that he was the winner – there was a greater plan unfolding that would change the course of history FOREVER. It’s Friday – but Sunday’s coming! – Bill Welte is President/CEO of America’s Keswick
Think About This: “When faith has the upper hand in my heart I am satisfied with Christ and His promises. This is what Jesus meant when He said, ‘He who believed in Me shall never thirst’ (John 6:35) When my thirst for joy and meaning and passion are satisfied by the presence and promises of Christ, the power of sin is broken. We do not yield to the offer of sandwich meat when we can smell steak sizzling on the grill. The fight of faith against lust is the fight to stay satisfied with God.” John Piper
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands. Psalm 78:72