This is Palm Sunday, normally a time of rejoicing, albeit with a knowledge of a coming sorrow, but it is a time of rejoicing in the Christian calendar and we would normally be together, praising God.
This Palm Sunday is different and yet it actually yields us more of an opportunity to identify with something of Christ’s own spirit and the faith of the son of God, that one who is the Faithful Witness spoken of by the apostle John in the book of Revelation. (Rev. 1:5)
Faith is the rope between us and God.
Spurgeon speaks of the fact that without faith there is no link between us and God. Without faith it is impossible to please God. He that comes to God must believe He is and He is the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. (Heb 11:6)
We follow Him who rode into Jerusalem, full of faith that His kingdom would come, although a dark valley lay between Him and the realisation of that vision.
He said; ‘The cup that my father has given me, shall I not drink it?’
So, while others were proclaiming Him and praising Him and rejoicing, we see Him riding in on the donkey and we can feel something of the isolation and loneliness of His spirit. He knows that the praise will change soon to shouts of ‘Crucify Him’ but His inner being is apart with God, that together with God He may accomplish His task.
O the forlornness of the Godhead as the separation looms.
Now we - though separate one from the other, and feeling at times very isolated in our inner spirits, a prey betimes to the Enemy's attack - we cannot be separated from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.
Neither things past, present, or to come can separate us from Him.
(cf Romans 8:38-39)
Let us be much apart with Him in our spirits over this Holy Week and draw courage and strength from our beloved Captain who was made perfect through suffering.
God bless you all,
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