April 17, 2019
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The Tension Behind Palm Sunday
The triumphal procession into Jerusalem would appear to be an invitation to dream big and receive amazing results. For instance, some will say, “If you aspire to dream big and live out of the box of shallow thinking, then greater things are coming your way.” Unfortunately, some do interpret this procession as merely a call to follow Jesus and take massive risks to gain your best life now. However, is that really how we should view this particular episode?
The Scriptures often speak about the blessings we receive from obeying the Lord, but it also speaks regarding the conflicts. The tension within conflict does not automatically indicate God’s judgment. Instead, the struggle often denotes God’s most significant accomplishment. Palm Sunday is about Jesus Christ taking that irreversible step toward His sacrifice on the cross for our sins. Beneath the surface of the visible, exaltation and celebration, are seeds of misunderstanding, ignorance, and hatred, not admiration. Thankfully, Jesus Christ willingly received this praise but did not let it be His end goal.