Today is Palm Sunday. Traditionally this is the day that Jesus made His Triumphant entry into Jerusalem – riding on a donkey. What a contrast. His followers knew He was coming to Jerusalem. But to see their KING riding on a donkey? I can only imagine how confused the throngs of people were. Yet they still met Him with a joyous heart. Take a moment to read the account from Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, or John 12:12-16.
As you look at the image of Jesus hanging on the cross, ask your self the same question that Matthew’s Gospel asked – Who is this man? (Mat 21:10)
While hanging on the cross, two other criminals where also being crucified for their crimes. Listen to contrast in their dialog with Jesus –
39 One of the criminals on a cross began to shout insults at Jesus: “Aren’t you the Christ? Then save yourself and us.”
40 But the other criminal stopped him and said, “You should fear God! You are getting the same punishment he is. 41 We are punished justly, getting what we deserve for what we did. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43 Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:39-43, NCV)
One criminal continued the mocking begun by the guards. The other knew in his heart who this man was. He recognized that this man, Jesus, was indeed the Son of God.
And notice the response of Jesus: “Today you will be with me in paradise.” What a triumphant statement of assurance.
This is the title of an old hymn sung in many churches through the ages. Blessed Assurance was penned by Fanny Crosby in 1873. Modern day physicians believe she was born blind. Fanny Crosby rock solid faith enabled her to pen these words. Read through the words of this classic hymn:
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.
Perfect submission, perfect delight!
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
Perfect submission, all is at rest!
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
This is the assurance Jesus spoke of on the cross when He stated: “Today you will be with me in paradise.“
Can you personalize the words from this hymn? I know I can. This is truly my story. I certainly hope it is your story also. To be continued…
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