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God has a plan. He uses it for His glory. He uses it for our redemption.

God has a plan. He uses it for His glory. He uses it for our redemption.

Palm SundayJesus was performing many signs and wonders. The raising of Lazarus from the dead capped it off. That had everyone talking. Hopes of the Messiah were running deep in the crowds.

Six days before Passover Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey with a massive crowd putting palm branches on the ground and hailing him as King of Israel. This sent the religious leaders over the edge. They were going to do something about Jesus. They would kill him. That would take care of it they reasoned. Little did they know.

Jesus is King (i.e., He is  in control of God’s government and God’s world). The people recognized it. They shouted it out at the top of their lungs.  The leaders wanted him dead. We know who got their way in the short run.

God has a plan. He uses if for His glory. He uses it for our redemption. Now that is some good news. No longer are we slaves to missing God’s goal for our lives. Jesus has set us free.

God had a plan to bring us to Him even though we miss His goal (sin) for our life. He still does. Jesus would die to reconcile the difference between our missing God’s goal and living out His plan.

  • Jesus died for us.
  • Jesus was resurrected.
  • Jesus ascended into heaven where He is now King (in charge of God’s government).

The next day the huge crowd that had arrived for the Feast heard that Jesus was entering Jerusalem. They broke off palm branches and went out to meet him. And they cheered: Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in God’s name! Yes! The King of Israel!

Jesus got a young donkey and rode it, just as the Scripture has it: No fear, Daughter Zion: See how your king comes, riding a donkey’s colt.

The disciples didn’t notice the fulfillment of many Scriptures at the time, but after Jesus was glorified, they remembered that what was written about him matched what was done to him.

The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, was there giving eyewitness accounts. It was because they had spread the word of this latest God-sign that the crowd swelled to a welcoming parade. The Pharisees took one look and threw up their hands: “It’s out of control. The world’s in a stampede after him.” | via John 12:12-19 (The Message Bible)

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Are we going to Jerusalem with Jesus?

JerusalemJesus destiny was in Jerusalem. God’s goal for Him would come to pass there. He would die and be raised from the dead by the amazing power of the Holy Spirit.

But notice how this was framed. He took the 12 aside and clearly said “We”. Jerusalem just wasn’t for Jesus.

The good news of the new agreement God has with us is that we have died and been raised to a new life in Him.

Oh my goodness. That is some very good news!

We went to Jerusalem with Jesus. We have shared in his death and resurrection. We have the power of the Holy Spirit, that raised Him from the dead, in us.

God’s goal for us is to live a resurrected life with Jesus.

Then Jesus took the Twelve off to the side and said, “Listen carefully. We’re on our way up to Jerusalem.” | Luke 18:31

May I see how I am a new human being in Him.

May I know that the old me was crucified with Him and the new me was raised up in Him.

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