Steven A. Bush - March 24, 2013

Into Jerusalem, Straight For The Cross

Into Jerusalem, Straight For The Cross

Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey, saddled with His disciples' cloaks. He's accompanied by the Twelve, other devout followers, and curious pilgrims arriving simultaneously for Passover. Perhaps Bartimaeus, Zacchaeus, and Lazarus were among those in this entourage of the faithful. The crowd is ecstatic. They wave palm branches from Jericho and carpet the road with their garments. Messianic proclamations fill the air and while this is perfectly fitting, the Jewish leaders are angry and ask Jesus to make them stop. That's when Jesus famously declares, "If these be silent, then even the rocks will cry out." Much will happen in the days ahead; this very crowd will turn their cheers of "Hosanna!" into jeers of "crucify Him!" The Son of God will indeed be nailed upon a cross to atone for our sins. Bleeding and suffocating on that tree, He will draw a breath and say, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." He will die and be buried. But one week from this triumphal entry, Jesus will make a second triumphal entry into Jerusalem, this one as He vacates His tomb as the risen King of kings and Lord of lords.

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