• Pastor Joe Esposito

The Way to the Cross

"And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

Matthew 21:8-9

The Bible tells us that even when Jesus told His disciples that He was going to Jerusalem to be delivered up, mocked, insulted and scourged and that they would kill Him, His disciples didn't understand what He was saying.

Jesus was on a mission from the Father. Very soon after what is called His "triumphal entry," Jesus would complete all that the Father asked Him to do.

Even though people were praising Him and laying down their clothes and palm branches for Him as He entered Jerusalem, this same crowd five days later would be shouting "crucify Him." Jesus did for us what the blood of bulls and goats could NEVER do.

Jesus freely gave up His life, took the lies, the insults and the beatings. Yes He, for the Joy that was set before Him, endured the CROSS, despising the shame, for all of mankind.

Jesus knew what was before Him on that day He came into Jerusalem but He also knew that because He was on the way to the Cross, that this was the only way WE could become righteous with the Father.

The blood of animals only covered sin; they did not and could not forgive sin. Only the blood of Jesus could forgive and forget our sin. Yes, Jesus was on the way to the Cross. He knew some terrible days would be coming very shortly, but He also knew our need and He took care of that on the Cross.

So this Palm Sunday, let us reflect on Jesus' way to the Cross and what that Cross means to all of His believing children. Let us examine ourselves this week and think about what our Lord and Savior did for us, for all who believe and trust in Him.

Thank you, Jesus for going the way of the Cross. We your children bless and honor you every day and we thank you for the Cross. Amen.

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