The last week of Jesus life was filled with political drama as he began his journey into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The streets were full of people shouting.

In the gospel of Mathew, it says that “a very great multitude” had come out to greet Jesus, spreading their garments and the branches of trees before him and crying, “Hosanna to the Son of David:

Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.”

(Matt. 21:8–9.)
Later in the week, Jesus made bold statements such as “Render … unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s” (Matt. 22:21)

and

My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36).

The very same people who had welcomed him into Jerusalem with

Hosanna to the Son of David” were now chanting

”crucify him! ”crucify him!

He had spent three years, teaching his disciples, healing the sick, performing miracles and telling them about the Kingdom of God.

The people at that time were looking for a King who would help them drive the Romans out and bring peace. They had expectations that Jesus was that King, but now felt betrayed after they heard his bold statements. So, why not betray him, they thought.

What they did not understand was that Jesus was working on an eternal plan . He knew he would stand alone and pay the ultimate price for each and every one of them, including those who were shouting

crucify him..

When Jesus came to Jerusalem, he wept over the city as he contemplated its future destruction that would come upon the people. His soul was troubled after he had entered Jerusalem so he prayed..

Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.”

Sometimes, in our lives, we go through things that are almost unbearable. But we are privileged because we know what the disciples did not know then. There was a plan then and there still is a plan for us now.

Easter is a beautiful time to reflect on the amazing love that God has for us.

Spring is in the air, and things are looking brighter already.
Rejoice, there is a plan.

Mucha

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