The Day after Palm Sunday

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“Now my soul is deeply troubled.

Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came! Father, bring glory to your name.” John 12:27 (NLT)

Lord Jesus, as the events of “Holy Week” began to unfold, exuberant “Hosannas!” gave way to great disturbance in your soul. There was zero hesitation, but profound consternation. No surprises awaited you, just an overwhelming assignment—a plan you embraced before the world began (Eph. 1:3-14).

Within days, you would take the judgment we deserve to give us the grace we could never earn. On the cross, you took our sin that we might receive your righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21)—the most glorious exchange ever made. Your “bruised heel” (Gen. 3:15) crushed Satan’s head—securing his defeat, the eradication of evil, and the death of death itself.

By your cross, you paid the price of redemption for the salvation of God’s immense covenant family. Children of grace—redeemed from every nation, tribe, people, and language; daughters and sons of mercy—as numerous as the stars in the sky, sand on beaches, and dust of the earth (Gen. 12-17).

It was for this purpose you came from eternity into time and space—not to be our model for earning, but our substitute for trusting. For this reason, you emptied yourself of your glory by taking the form of a servant—the Lord’s Servant and our Savior (Isa. 52:13-53:13; Phil. 2:5-11).

At the beginning of Holy week, understandably so, your heart was greatly overwhelmed, even as a great joy compelled you (Heb. 12:2). We praise, bless, and adore you, Jesus. The gospel is true, glorious, and enough.

Over the next several days, grant us grace to slow our pace and quiet our hearts, that we might survey the wonders of your cross and the greatness of your love. So very Amen we pray, in your holy and grace-full name.

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