Palm Sunday 3/28
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
Today is Palm Sunday. In this upcoming week when we remember and honor the passion of Jesus Christ, we recall once more the complete salvation that Christ has accomplished through his suffering on the cross. On Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, and the crowd shouted, “Hosanna” (which means “save us”), in hopes that Jesus would deliver them from being subjugated by the Gentiles of Rome. No one knew, however, that Jesus came into Jerusalem to obey the will of God and to give Himself as a sin offering so that people everywhere can be set apart from sin, death, and eternal judgement. As Christ was nailed to the cross in His bare flesh, He withstood pain and shame, and with His face covered in blood, he looked to the heavens and prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” This is the first sentence spoken by Christ on the cross. Let us consider that Jesus was not only referring to the Jews and Roman soldiers who put in the nails, but it is our sins too that have nailed Jesus to the cross. He forgave the sinners standing before Him and He too forgives us our sins from the inside out. His forgiveness is for all of time, unconditional, and complete.
Let us spend a little time today to repent and be still before the Lord. Meditate on: 1) It was for my sins that Christ was nailed to the cross, and through entering His suffering on the cross, may I become more sensitive to my own sins. 2) His forgiveness is always present, unconditional, and complete.
What we can do:
Confess that I am a sinner and thank God for the riches of His grace, so that I have the redemption in Christ through His blood and the forgiveness of sins. (Ephetians.1:6)
Accept in my heart His complete forgiveness. Allow the Lord also to prune me through the work of the cross, and rid me of everything, including hobbies and habits, that do not please Him, so that the life of Christ may reign in me and that I may bear much fruit for His glory.
Worship Song: Lord I Need You
1 Jesus rode the donkey’s colt to Jerusalem Location:Bethany to Jerusalem Matthew 21:1‐11 Mark11:1‐10 Luke19:29‐40 John12:12‐19
2 Jesus cried for Jerusalem Location:Jerusalem Luke19:41‐44
3 Jesus stays in Bethany Location:Bethany Matthew 21:17 Mark11:11
1 耶穌騎驢進聖城 地點：伯大尼至耶路撒冷 太21:1‐11 可11:1‐10 路19:29‐40 約12:12‐19
2 耶穌為聖城哀哭 地點：耶路撒冷 路19:41‐44
3 耶穌夜宿伯大尼 地點：伯大尼 太21:17 可11:11