Papa Joe’s Solid Ground

 Thank You Jesus

When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold your King is coming to you, Gentle, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them,  and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats.  Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road.  The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting,

“Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!” When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.” (Matthew 21:1-11 NASB)

As I am writing this devotional my Church family is in the midst of preparing for a Seder Dinner beginning at 5pm this very afternoon. We were approached by Jeffrey D. miller, who is involved in a radio ministry called “Messianic Minutes”.  Once  Jeffrey found out that our Church supports Israel and prays a blessing over them every Sunday, (Genesis 12:3), he was prompted by the Holy Spirit to honor us with a Seder dinner.  How fortunate for us!

Jesus came into Jerusalem not as a warrior, but as a King of peace.  A Savior who would bring the truth, and offer the gift of salvation, eternal life with Him.  Unfortunately, as He approached the city He began to weep knowing what was to come.  All that were celebrating His entry would soon leave Him, scatter, and deny Him.  The Jews, His own people would not even recognize Him.  After all they were expecting a King to set them free, overlooking the sacrificial lamb that was prophesied in the scripture, (Isaiah 53).  They were thinking of themselves not focusing on the word of God, and missed so much of His message.  Isn’t it amazing how man’s greatest sin seems to continue in all our lives then, as well as now?  Pride, always thinking of ourselves.  Whats in it for me? What have I to gain?  I want to be like God!

The sin that condemned satan, Adam &Eve, and many of our ancestors, still condemns us today.  The Savior makes his way into the city, and in the end is hated by all, but a remnant, unto death.  So did man kill our Lord Jesus Christ?  Did man have power over Him?  “No one can take my life from me.  I sacrifice it voluntarily.  For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again.  For this is what my Father has commanded.” (John 10:18) Jesus fulfilled the prophecy that was set in motion from the beginning of time.  He would choose the time He would give up His earthly life.

Men, as we approach this Resurrection Sunday, let us not forget the sacrifice our Savior Jesus made for us. “Just as many were astonished at you, My people, So His appearance was marred more than any man And His form more than the sons of men.” (Isaiah 52:14 NASB) Anything we may go through while we are on this earth, can’t begin to compare with what our Savior Jesus went through for us.  When it was about over, on the very cross He was nailed to, He said, Father Forgive Them For They Know Not What they Do!” Thank You Jesus!

Seek the Adventure, Strength and Honor Papa Joe