I can’t even begin to imagine what must have been going through Jesus’ mind as He entered Jerusalem on that Sunday.  The people were shouting “Hosannah! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!”  Yet, Jesus knew that those same people would be shouting, “Crucify Him!”, just a few days later.  How His heart must have been breaking, as He knew his “triumphal entry” would require His death before true triumph would be seen.  In the Garden of Gethsemene His agony was revealed as He cried out to His Father, “Is there not another way?” yet, all the while, knowing the answer to that question.

In these seven days we Christians refer to as “Holy Week”, let’s remember that the celebration of the resurrection is preceded by realization of the agony that Jesus must have been experiencing as He walked the streets of Jerusalem that week.  We look at the cross as the price Jesus paid for our salvation, but His pain of suffering must have begun long before, knowing what was in the hearts of the same people who were shouting praises on Sunday.

Thank God we live on the Easter side of the cross!!!

About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, www.godsblueprint.info Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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