Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, the day of Jesus’ return to Jerusalem. His reception was loud and colorful with waving palms, cloaks on the ground, shouting, chanting of praises and Jesus riding on a humble donkey. It was the conclusion of three years of public ministry that ended in His death on the cross on Friday. However, all was not lost as He miraculously rose from the dead and appeared on Easter morning just as He said He would. His ‘life’s ride’ on earth was a wild one filled with compassion, love, obedience and sacrifice for us. As we enter this Holy Week let us ponder anew how we personally have felt His compassion and love in our lives. How we have benefited from His obedience to the cross and the sacrifice of His life for ours. We have much to be thankful for, even in the hardest of times. Only you can answer today’s sentence, Because Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, I am or can_____________________.
Some time today read one or more of the Palm Sunday Triumphal entry passages: Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-38, John 12:12-15.
Here is the summary from this weeks passages in Ephesians. We meditated on Ephesians 5:21-6:14. Think about: **Which truth have you seen in your life this week? **Which is the most meaningful to you in your life right now?
- we can live lives submitted to one another in love that mirror Christ’s love for us. Ephesians 5:21-33
- we (both parent and child) are able to submit to one another with love and respect. Ephesians 6:1-4
- we can show God’s love and care whether we are the employer or employee bringing glory to God and blessings upon ourselves. Ephesians 6:5-9
- we are able to battle against unseen forces through the power of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 6:10-12
- I can be filled with His Holy Spirit and protected by His armor to face the challenges of each day. Ephesians 6:13
- I can have godly character that is based on His truth and righteousness. Ephesians 6:14
Personally, the truth from Ephesians 6:10-11 reminded me of the unseen forces of evil that we face each day. This truth really resonated with me, especially during this Covid-19 Pandemic. It is something I never envisioned and pray fervently that God will cause the virus to be contained and that the evil effects would be lessened. We need to humble ourselves and pray for His mercy. The most meaningful truth this week that brings me real encouragement is from Ephesians 6:14, that I can have godly character if I am rooted and grounded in the truth of Christ and put on His righteousness. It is an eternal hope filled with promise. In Christ, I can be a new creation.
Have a Blessed Palm Sunday.