Unspeakable Joy Devotional

April 15th

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Holy Week. Yesterday was Palm Sunday and it begins the Holy Week. It is the day we remember and celebrate the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem as Savior and King, one week before His resurrection. He had come to save the lost Luke 19:10 “Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Palm Sunday was the “beginning of the end” of Jesus’ work on earth.

“As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” Matthew 21:1-11

As countless multitudes waved palm branches and shouted for joy, they missed the true reason for Jesus’ presence. The crowds that were crying out “Hosanna!” on Palm Sunday were crying out “Crucify Him!” later that week. Matthew 27:22-23 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!” “Why? What crime has he committed? asked Pilate, But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

May we all grow in the wisdom and knowledge of what happened this week. That we all become aware of the people around us who are lost and that they be saved.

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Luke 19:38

Christ came for one reason: “Christ died for sins once for all….to bring you to God.”  1 Peter 3:18

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