Reflection may be the best word for us to think about as we move toward Lent to Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter. As we do a spiritual check up on our soul it is good to reflect on the grace of God and our own practice of that grace with others we interact with.
We sometimes forget that we are Easter people and that every Sunday is a celebration of Easter for us and the world. Maybe it is that we forget this because we look past the pain and commitment of Christ and God’s grace to bring this celebration about. Christ must have knew that the celebration of Palm Sunday; the shouts of “Hosanna” would give way to the cry “Crucify.” Christ was familiar with the temptation to follow the path of political correctness and the easiest way out. Christ knew the shouts of jubilation would change from “Hosanna” to “Crucify” because he was fully divine and could see clearly his journey of incarnation was near the end. Christ could see the upcoming public humiliation and execution were inevitable. Christ’s desire to be faithful was awesomely strong because of the confidence and ultimate trust in God whom he had an intimate relationship with as Abba Father. For Christ there was no turning back. Christ’s focus was to rely on God and God’s will as he moved forward, propelled and sustained by his deep faith in God’s goodness and love.

Palm Sunday and Holy week invites us to search deep within our own souls for the answers only we can answer about our faith and trust in God. This is also a time that invites us to reflect on our own route for today and tomorrow. We as Christians have to ask ourselves can we move forward in obedience and faithfulness. Can we place our ultimate trust in God who has been made known to us in Jesus Christ? Can we exclaim as John Wesley “I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of my sin and death.” As we reflect may the peace and confidence of Jesus be ours as we place our ultimate trust in Abba Father our God.

In the peace, love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ

Pastor Ed