Though he was in the form of God, he did not consider being equal with God something to exploit. But he emptied himself by taking the form of a slave and by becoming like human beings. – Philippians 2:6-7
Have you ever had a time when someone thought you were something or someone you weren’t?
That very thing happened to Jesus on Palm Sunday, which we’ll be celebrating this week. As Jesus entered Jerusalem, a crowd had gathered... and they were under the impression He was there to save them.
However, their idea of salvation was more like a rescue... a temporal solution to end the Roman oppression. They were looking to be liberated from an overbearing, dominating, and stifling government. Jesus was their exit strategy, and they couldn’t have been happier. They even threw him a makeshift parade to celebrate.
But exactly what were they celebrating? What made them so happy? And would their joy last?
Jesus was indeed there to save them, but not in the way they thought. Jesus’ offer was for eternal salvation... not a quick-fix, “get out of jail” card the people had hoped for. And boy, were they disappointed when they didn’t get what they wanted.
Jesus took on human form and dwelt among the people of his time. Fully God, yet fully flesh... with all the flesh-like problems that go along with it. He humbled himself, and disappointing the celebrators, continued on to his final destination — to pay the ultimate price for you and me, to give us the opportunity to be with Him for eternity.
As we journey with Jesus to the cross this Easter season, may we all be reminded of His great love and sacrifice for all of us. And if you’re wrestling with what Jesus’ sacrifice means for you, I’d love to sit down and talk to you. I’m available any time... just email or call me!