|Update for Palm Sunday, |
"Camp Of the Woods Home Bible Fellowship" (Our home).
UPDATE FOR PALM SUNDAY,
Psalm 34:4 "I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."
Deliverance...what does that word mean to you? It has a very welcome sound to the captive...those who are held captive in any kind of prison, whether it be a prison with bars and high walls, or a prison of fear and isolation...the thought of deliverance brings hope and joy and peace. For many in today's economy, there is a tremendous amount of anxiety over the future...people fear losing their jobs, others fear not being able to find a job. Retired folks are concerned about their savings running out too soon, or having health issues that will rob them of what little security they have left. Our nation is in turmoil over
Where can we find this deliverance that we are seeking? Is there anyone who can come and set us free from our bondage to fear and doubt?
The Jews back in the time of Jesus were desperate for a leader who could deliver them from the tyranny of the Roman government. As Jesus entered Jerusalem on what we now call Palm Sunday, the people cried out, "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! The King of Israel!" (John 12:13) They hailed Him as their King and Messiah, but they were seeking an earthly king for an earthly kingdom.
A few days later, when Jesus was betrayed by one of His own disciples, He stood before Pilate, the Roman governor. Pilate asked Him if He was the King of Jews. Jesus responded to Pilate, "My kingdom is not of this world."...."My kingdom is not from here..." (John 18:36) He went on to say in verse 37, "You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."
Jesus came to prepare our hearts for the kingdom that is yet to come, that is a Heavenly Kingdom. In the meantime, His Holy Spirit gives us strength and grace to endure the trials and tribulations that are common to all of mankind. He came to deliver us from all our fears and troubles. Do we still have financial difficulties? Do we still have health problems or other major concerns? Yes. As long as we are on this earth there will be trouble and sorrow......but hear what Jesus said in John 16:33~
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."