All the “feels”
Pastor Matt Ewart
One thing that stands out in the last week of Jesus’ life is that Jesus went through all the “feels.” If there was a human feeling to be had, Jesus experienced it to the fullest during this last week.
In fact, it was on Palm Sunday that you see Jesus doing something that he normally did not do.
“As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes’” (Luke 19:41,42).
Rather than ruminate on his own sorrow for what he was about to go through, he wept at the thought of the complete destruction that would eventually befall Jerusalem. He lamented how this was preventable but now unavoidable. The Prince of peace was among them, but they chose to defer his rule.
By extension, Jesus’ weeping on Palm Sunday was for all mankind. A destruction that was preventable but now unavoidable was at hand. A destruction that would be absolutely complete.
But a destruction that is now absolutely finished. Disregarding the anguish that would go along with all the feels, Jesus endured the feel of the betrayal, the mocking, the thorns, the whip, the nails, and even the cross. He chose not to dull or escape all that he felt.
But Palm Sunday isn’t about what he felt with his body. It’s about what he cherished in his heart. You.
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