From Praise to Hate

1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. 3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”
4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: 5 “ Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘ Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 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!”  10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” 11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
(Matthew 21:1-11)

Jesus is making His triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The people are singing praises to Him! “Hosanna in the Highest! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord”! Hosanna? What does it mean? I searched the internet and came across this, “Let all the angels in heaven join the song of praise. Salvation! Salvation! Let the highest heaven sing the song!” (soundofgrace.com)
So, the people are estatic that the Savior was here. The One which had been spoken of in the Scriptures was here! How exciting is that! They went all out to welcome Jesus! They were happy! They were in amazement! They were full of joy!

So my question, what happened to their excitement? Their joy? Their proclamation that the Savior was here?

22 Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!” 23 Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?”
But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!”
   (Matthew 27:22-23)

One day they are shouting His praises and a few days later they are shouting, “CRUCIFY HIM, CRUCIFY HIM”! How could they change that quick? How could you praise someone one moment and shout “put him to death” the next? Does this make sense to you?

Jesus came to this world for one reason. To save it. To save you. To save me. The people had to turn against Jesus in order for this to happen. He had to go to the Cross. He had to do what God had sent Him to do. He had to complete his mission.  Satan had to enter into the people in order for this to happen. Jesus had to die a horrible and painful death so that we could be saved.

I do not think about Jesus dying on the Cross just during Easter. I think about it everyday. I thank Him daily for sacrificing Himself for me. I did not deserve to be forgiven, yet God in His infinite grace and mercy said, “Yes, you do”. Jesus died for me. Jesus died for you. Why?

BECAUSE HE LOVED US THAT MUCH!

So, don’t just think about Jesus’ death on the Cross at Easter. Think about it everyday of your life. Thank Him daily for His death on the Cross. Thank Him for loving you so much that He laid down His life for you. God loves you so very much that He sent His One and Only Son to die for you!

Thank Him, Love Him, Praise Him. 

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About valerielynn

Wife, mother and child of God who has learned to live one day at a time by the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. My road to home (heaven) is full of many bumps, twist and turns. But with Jesus at the wheel, He makes it a lot smoother.
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7 Responses to From Praise to Hate

  1. Yvette says:

    Amen Valerie. Jesus did love us that much to save us, such love! May the Lord bless you this week.

  2. Pat says:

    Amen,amen!!! How very true,we should love and honor Jesus everyday not just at easter.During the easter celebration little thought is really given to Jesus Christ our Saviour,but I join you in praising my Saviour everyday. Jesus did not have to die for us but he loved us that much!Very good Valerie I truly enjoyed the read.

  3. valerie says:

    Yvette, may the Lord bless you this week as well my friend. Love you!

  4. valerie says:

    Pat God bless you for your wonderful comment! Blessings and love you!

  5. Thank you for that beautiful and heart felt reminder, Valerie. We should remember each day to give thanks for Jesus' great love and sacrifice. Blessings to you!

  6. sarah says:

    wishing you a wonderful Easter…..Valerie…you always hold a special place in my heart. I hope you know that…..Tons of hugs to you.

  7. Hi! I found your blog on Faithful Bloggers. Have you ever read My Utmost for His Highest? I have posted many of their devotionals and would like to invite you to come and read some of them. Have a wonderful weekend…Tamara @ God's Perfect Promises

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