Scriptures point to the suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ, a painful death to shed blood for the cleansing of sin and reconciliation with God.
As human, all of us have endured hardship, experienced loss, pain or other unpleasant things before in various degrees (that is suffering). The purpose may be an objective, intention and also predetermined will of God.
Palm Sunday marks the triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem in humility (riding on a donkey) (Matt. 21, Mark 11, Luke 19. The crowds welcomed Him based in expectations of the Messiah
We learn a lot from the triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ:
- God has a purpose for sending His son.
- God was not pleased with the rottenness of the world He initially created so beautifully (Gen. 1)
- His holy and pure nature could not countenance the filth of sin that had engulfed human beings created in His image (Isa. 66)
- Since the blood/sacrifice of animals could not atone for sin, Jesus became our substitute to bear the guilt and shame (1 Cor. 15:3)
- God loved the world very much (John 3:16)
- Obedience and humility in suffering for the purpose of redemption(Phil. 2:5-11, Mk. 10:45)
- He knew the cost of His assignment
- He endured because He was linked to the source of Power – His Father ( Isa. 40:4-9)
- Before He went to the cross, Jesus suffered though His work of compassion and love – teaching, healing, raising the dead etc. He showed the way to the Father.
The purpose is free offer of forgiveness of sins, salvation, regeneration and holy living through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Remember that there is judgement.
Suffering will come. It should not be for wrongdoing but for being followers of Jesus, with the sure hope of overcomers.
Jesus’ sacrifice demands total surrender.
AMAZING LOVE !!!