Monday, April 10, 2006

From the Triumphal Entry to the Cross

Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed behind cried out, saying; Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the Highest! Matt. 21:9

Though it is called the triumphal entry we know that Jesus had only one purpose in mind when he came to this earth, and that was to be our sacrifice. As he entered Jerusalem He rode on the donkey heading for His destination, the cross. In the words of songwriter Steve Bell, we who know this can cry "Ride on King Jesus, no one can hinder Thee.

Jesus was not merely riding into the city, but riding forward to the cross. He knew by the end of the week He would be beaten, spit upon, and crucified. But the thought of this torturous death was not the most grueling image, It would have been thoughts of that final moment, when He was to take on the sins of us who call on Him as Lord, and His Father whom He had obeyed perfectly would turn His face away from His son and pour His justice and wrath upon Him. In anguish, He knew, He would cry out "Father why have you forsaken me".

On the way to the cross, the entry must have been bittersweet. As we consider this moment we know that nothing could have hindered Him from reaching His goal. As He rode, His mind would have most likely been directed to those He came to save. Maybe He saw our faces, knowing that without His death, he would have to watch us die. For we were born sinners, hopeless, condemned already. Maybe He looked at us, as a man who would look into the eyes of His bride as disease steals her away.

Whatever He was thinking, He was not going to let anything stand between Him and His bride. He was driven by His love for us, and as Friday night came, He reached His destination. Upright, between two thieves, nailed to the cross, and having a spear thrust into His side, the cleansing blood and water flowed. His final cry was “It is finished”. The purchase had been made, and the powers of Hell had been broken. In the words of Charles Spurgeon “no sin of the believer can now be an arrow to mortally wound Him”.

All those who have faith in Him have been saved by His grace, and have every reason to sing…

Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed Be the Name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the Highest!

-Doug Eaton-

7 Comments:

At Monday, April 10, 2006 11:21:00 PM, Blogger edwardseanist said...

As I am studying the hypostatic union, or dual nature of Christ in my sytematics course, this post causes me to reflect on a verse:

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin" (Hebrews 4:15).

What were some of the temptations during the Triumphal entry? Maybe the greatest temptation Christ ever experienced in his humanity, namely, to stop there are not finish the task the Father had set before him. Surely in his humanity he was tempted with this.

We must not forget that Christ is fully man and fully God. When he was tempted it was a real temptation. Yet he was obedient, and was without sin.

 
At Tuesday, April 11, 2006 8:55:00 AM, Blogger Doug E. said...

Edwardseanist,

Very good point! I believe it is what you mentioned that caused him to sweat blood in the garden.

God bless,

Doug

 
At Tuesday, April 11, 2006 9:17:00 AM, Blogger Kendall Touchton said...

I love that Jesus came into Jerusalem so gloriously and that he was the only human there who knew what was to come. His own disciples were oblivious to his purpose of coming to earth to suffer and die to pay for sin. I pray that we would see and love him more as we do know.

It was not only a triumphal entry, but a triumphal death and resurrection. It is finished. No other blood is needed. Christ is sufficient.

 
At Tuesday, April 11, 2006 9:45:00 AM, Blogger Gordon Cloud said...

Great post, Doug. Hallelujah, what a Savior!

 
At Tuesday, April 11, 2006 11:24:00 AM, Blogger Kristi said...

Beautiful! Hosana in the highest!

 
At Wednesday, April 12, 2006 4:39:00 AM, Blogger bluecollar said...

Oh, Doug,
Great, great post! I loved it!

I'll be back to swipe it in the future.

Mark

 
At Thursday, April 13, 2006 4:07:00 AM, Blogger Modern Day Magi said...

This is one of the most joyous and saddest moments in scripture. We se Jesus love for the Jews and pain that thy did not know Him.

"When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
"Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!"
"Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!"

"I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes."
Luke 19:37-42

I'd love one of those rocks though, framed and with a plaque "This rock did not cry out."

MDM

 

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