At the Right time…

April 17, 2011

For while we were still week, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Romans 5:6

Today is Palm Sunday.  Jesus is entering God’s Holy City, Jerusalem on the back on the back of a donkey and He’s being worshipped.  Even the ground is considered unclean before Him.  The people are putting palm leaves on the ground so that even the donkey won’t have to tread on the dirt.  The people are singing “Hosannah! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord”.  The word Hosannah means “save us”.  By this the people acknowledge that Jesus has the ability to save.  Interestingly enough, it takes less than one week for the glory of God to not be enough for them.  The next Friday we see the same folks crying “crucify him!”  The irony is that it will be by the crucifixion of Christ that He would save them.

Christmas is usually when we celebrate the gift of Christ, but honestly the Passion week is when God gave His greatest gift to us.  It’s when He actually gave Himself to us.  By Christ’s work on the cross we not only receive the possibility of the forgiveness of sins (mercy), but also the possibility of being adopted into the family of God (grace).

Unfortunately, we often pursue God for many reasons other than Him.  But the natural reward for any relationship is the other person, not anything that they can offer us outside of that.  In the same way, the reward for God making a relationship possible is we get a relationship with Him!  If everything else fails in our lives, if we never get a raise, if we never get married, if we never have an inclination about the future, it’s ok because we get God.  So this Friday we get to celebrate the right time in which Christ died for us ungodly people, giving the opportunity to know Him, and whatever else happens is just a sideffect, not the main result.  It’s no sacrifice to give up something of lesser value for something of greater value.

Meditation commencing…

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