Today has been a day where I have felt God's love throughout the day. It has been an overwhelming feeling knowing that God loves us so much that He made a plan so we could be with Him. Ephesians 2:4-5 says, "But because of His great love for us God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive in Christ even though we were dead in transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved." This week, I am looking at the days before Christ's sacrifice for us and because of the timing of Easter, I will plan on writing a post on Saturday as well. I am looking at the plan of mercy and grace that God ordained for each one of us. I would like to start at Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, which is celebrated on the Christian calendar as Palm Sunday. Please look at Luke 19:28-48.
Jesus had an entry into Jerusalem unlike any other. He came in riding a young donkey that had never been ridden and people greeted Him and called Him their king. The part of the story that often doesn't get a lot of focus on Palm Sunday is verses 41-44, where Jesus cries for Jerusalem. He cries because He knows that the religious leaders are losing their opportunity to salvation. It just touches me to know that our loving savior loves everyone so much that He cries for those who do not listen to His call. He reaches out to everyone on earth and calls each of us to come to Him, but not everyone listens. Oh, how it breaks His heart! Remember the verses in Ephesians 2:4-5 where we read about God's incredible love for us. He doesn't want to see anyone die a spiritual death. He loves us all.
We also see that Jesus didn't waste an opportunity to continue telling people the truth of God's love. After Jesus cleared the Temple, we read in verse 47 that, "He taught daily in the Temple..." This did not make the religious leaders happy, in fact, they were angered enough that they began making plans on how to kill Him. They were at a loss because, "all the people hung on every word He said." The story continues with their plotting for killing Jesus but Jesus was also going to continue reaching out to people.
This brings so many thoughts to my head. Do I cry for those who do not know the amazing love our Father has for us? Do I hang on every word that Jesus has said in the Bible? How about you?