Joyously waving palm branches, the multitude of people were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!” Jesus, riding a lowly donkey, makes the journey into the last week of His life here on Earth. What seemed to be an incredible inauguration ceremony, by the end of the week, turned into a funeral procession. Jesus was making His way to Jerusalem to fulfill prophecy. The shouts of “Hosanna” are translated into “God save us now!” And that is exactly what He was doing. He was on His way to save the world. He was headed to the cross. Why did it have to happen that way?
For thousands of years, sacrifices had to be made to atone the sins of man. The death that Christ suffered was meant for us (Rom 3:10, Rom 6:23), but like any good father, God did not want any of His children to have to go through that. So why did Jesus have to; He was the Son of God right? Because He led a sinless life, He was THE ONLY eligible offering that would end the need for sacrifices, forever! God, our Father, loves us that much that He would give His only Son (John 3:16). That is why Jesus had to suffer the cross. That is how He came to “save us,” and there is the power of the cross. An unusual gift, disguised as foolishness to some (1 Cor. 1:18; For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.), is offered to us. This gift is eternal life.
No matter how we look at it, the cross was God’s chosen instrument to bridge Heaven and Earth.
Through Jesus Christ and the cross, incredible power has been gifted to us if we are willing to take it and truly live it! In your time alone with God this week, ask Him to show you more of the mighty power of the cross.
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