A: Tomorrow, Christians throughout the world will celebrate what is usually called "Palm Sunday," commemorating the day when Jesus rode a donkey into the city of Jerusalem, and was greeted by great throngs of people waving palm branches and shouting their praises: "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" (Mark 11:9).
But Jesus knew their praises would not last, and that only a few days later even some who welcomed Him on Palm Sunday would turn against Him and join another crowd demanding His death. Shortly before going to Jerusalem for the last time, He told His disciples that He would be handed over to the Roman authorities, who would torture and kill Him (see Luke 18:32).
Why, then, did Jesus continue on His journey? Why did He deliberately put Himself in harm's way? The reason is because He knew that God had sent Him into the world for one reason: to become the final and complete sacrifice for our sins. He knew there was only one way for us to be cleansed of our sins, and that was for the sinless Son of God to pay the penalty for us.
Don't take lightly what Jesus did for you by His death and resurrection. He did it because He loves you and wants you to spend eternity with Him in heaven. Have you responded to His love by opening your heart and life to Him?
Q: I suppose you'd call me a "Christmas and Easter" kind of Christian, because those are about the only days I go to church (except for weddings or funerals). Why should I bother doing any more? — L.W.
A: Although I hope that someday you'll attend church more regularly, I'm thankful you haven't dropped out completely, and that you still make the effort to attend services on Christmas and Easter.
After all, Christmas and Easter commemorate two of the most important events in human history, and as you attend Easter services next week, I hope you'll pause to think more deeply about the meaning of these two days. On Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the divine Son of God who came from heaven to save us from our sins. He wasn't just a great man or only a profound teacher; He was God in human flesh!
At Easter, however, we remember His death on the cross for us. He was without sin, but on the cross all our sins were placed on Him, and He became the final sacrifice for our sins. Now we are forgiven and cleansed of our sins as we put our faith and trust in Him. Easter also reminds us that Jesus didn't stay in the tomb, but was raised from the dead by the power of God. And because He rose from the dead, we need not fear death if our faith is in Him.
Let these truths sink into your soul during this holy season, and then by faith commit your life to the One who died and rose again. The Bible's promise is for you: "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9).
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