This Sunday is traditionally Palm Sunday, but we will move from the Garden of Gethsemane to the actual description of the trial, crucifixion and burial of Jesus in, Mark 15:21-47. Along with Mark’s description read Psalm 22, especially verses 1-18 which contain words and scenes exactly as they happened at the crucifixion. Note these carefully for exact prophecies written about a thousand years before the birth of Jesus. There is no way this could have happened by chance. The only plausible explanation is that the Holy Spirit moved on David to write these things so we would be able to recognize when the true Messiah appeared.
It is helpful to think through Philippians 2:1-11 so we can see why the incarnate Second Person of the Trinity willingly gave Himself to His Father’s will. What attitude did Jesus have as He submitted Himself to death, even death on the Cross?
Read the Mark passage as if you are there in the real historical event. Put yourself in the shoes of some of the participants, what were they experiencing and feeling? We have a choice as we enter this time of remembering the final 24 hours of the Life of Jesus. I pray all of us will approach these passages with a desire to understand as much as possible what our Lord experienced in these final hours.
See you Sunday,