[James J. Tissot (French painter and illustrator, 1836-1902)]
"As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”" Luke 19:37-40
Our Lord was going to Jerusalem, the one city in all the world that was looking for the Messiah, the Christ, and it was the one city in all the world, where the leaders of the people would hate and kill Him. It was the Father's determined purpose that He give His Son, and have Him lifted up to bear all the sins of the world, all the sins of His children, those whom our Father had chosen for Himself. And yet it was with beyond comprehensive love, love past knowing, that our heavenly Father would do this for ungodly sinners, and rebels like us. Yet He did, because He wanted to display His love and glorify His grace for all eternity and for all the angels, and living souls and creatures to behold, and also because He simply loved us. Why would He? I don't know. And I don't need to know why so much, as just to know He does, and trust in His love, as I walk and live in a world governed by the prince of darkness, the god of this world, Satan.
"And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him." -Martin Luther
Have a blessed Palm Sunday, and Easter Week to all who visit.