Devotion

Daily Reflections – Higher Things

Palm Sunday

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Today’s Reading: Matthew 21:1-9

Daily Lectionary: Exodus 8:1-32; Hebrews 1:1-14

Say to the daughter of Zion, “Behold your King is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.” (Matthew 21:5)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. “We have no King but Caesar.” We sing Hosannas to our King today and then will scream for His crucifixion on Good Friday. It’s not that we want Caesar to rule us, it’s just that we don’t want Jesus to rule us as our King, either.

Holy Week comes and you fold your hands and think that if anyone would stand up for Jesus this week, it would be you. I know you think this because I do, too. We are so wrong!

Consider how you live. Look at how you act. You put yourself first and others last. You see everything from your selfish perspective. You aren’t perfect. You make mistakes. But you aren’t the worst person, and certainly you’re not as bad as the crowds who turned on Jesus.

Your sins crucified the Lord of glory. Mine did, too! If anyone should know better than to think otherwise, we should. We are the baptized. We have heard the Gospel. We believe. We have eaten the Body and Blood of Jesus. Eternal life is ours in Jesus.

Today, Jesus rides into Jerusalem to conquer all your enemies. He’s going to rescue you from the Law, from your self-righteousness, from your love for yourself, from the consequences of your sins, and from your death. He will endure the curse and punishment of your sins. He will become your sins so that you will become children of God. He will save you on the Cross.

Merry Lent! Thank God for Holy Week! God loves you! He must! He has brought you to another Holy Week to show you your salvation, as He rides to the Cross to die. He has fronted you up again to your sins and repented you. He didn’t stop there! He delivers to you what He earned at His coronation, the Cross, when He feeds you His Body and Blood today. Today you eat and drink forgiveness in His Supper. Jesus rides to save you—even you! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross. Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be made partakers of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Collect for Palm Sunday)

 

 
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