“Entry into Jerusalem” by Pietro Lorenzetti, Jesus Christ and the Gladness; Sermon by C.H. Spurgeon

This magnificent Fresco depicts the entry into Jerusalem of Christ Jesus. The painter is Pietro Lorenzetti. see Wikipedia Commons for information


It is difficult to imagine rejoicing at the thought of Palm Sunday as we reflect upon the procession of Jesus to Jerusalem where He would be judged for the Crucifixion yet Bible verse and insight from both the Old Testament and the New Testament find His Spirit speaking a deeper message to us even in this procession to His Death at the Cross.

Zechariah 9:9

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

In a sermon offered by C.H.Spurgeon

at the Metroplitan Tabernacle in Newington in 1891
“His entrance caused great joy. No man’s heart was made heavy that day. The face of the King frowned on none. Other kings have found it needful to force their way through crowds of rebels to their capital, and wade through slaughter to a throne; but none was found to hurt or devour in all the holy mountain when Jesus came to Zion. Women have been ravished, men have been murdered, even babes have been massacred when monarchs have entered cities; but when our King cometh, boughs and palm fronds, shouts and songs, are the setting of a very different scene. Instead of shrieks and groans, we hear the ringing music of children, with their glad Hosannas. Oh, will you not admit the Lord Jesus? Who will refuse an entrance to One who brings with him joy and peace?

He shall come down like showers
Upon the fruitful earth;
Love, joy, and hope, like flowers,
Spring in his path to birth.”

I encourage you to read the sermon offered in its entire from the link below:
Charles Spurgeon Sermon; The Lords-day, morning March 22nd 1891

“Father, I pray that the Holy week bring us ever nearer to Your Son. May His Grace deepen and fill our hearts. May His Spirit inspire us each to step forward in love, joy and hope. Father, we pray asking that His Presence be known as peace and a healing comfort to all who suffer and long for intervention and protection. We ask you to bathe our hearts in faith and trust as we follow in the procession of faith. May we each be lifted into the embrace of the Love of Lord Jesus Christ as we set our gazes upon Him.Amen

LWillows

“All the Love that was Told”, a poem from L.Willows (see Jesus, Grace, Mercy, Hope)

All The Love That was Told

Facing the Beloved we ask, we long,
Seeking His Peace we hope, hearts hold on.
Throughout different journeys,
Throughout times that quest,
Here are His Children, held dear to His chest.

Strengthened by a faith that deepens with time.
Met with unmeasured amounts of Love’s brine.
Here in a valley that is softened by grace,
Here walk those tendered by mercy’s sweet pace.

Held by the Beloved, we pray, we see.
Beholding His Face, we live, walking free.
In places unknown, some new, some old-
there walk his Children that dare to be bold.
Caring, they share all the Love that was Told.

© 2019 Linda Willows

Genesis 28:15
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

2 Corinthians 12:19
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2 Corinthians 1:20-22
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.  And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

“The Moment That God Made”, a poem by Linda Willows (Grace, Blessing, God’s Peace)

Stillness comes in the sweet summer’s green eve.
I sit in God’s vast and gaze. Oh heart, I believe.
All becomes wonder, a calm hushed serene,
cast in the joy of the surrender’s unseen.

Tendered sweet breezes lift and float by
tossing the meadows; the birds rise to fly.
A lullaby hums from clouds far, far above-
I feel we’ve been blessed in this hour with Graced love.

Green feathered leaves dance in the sun’s warm light,
rustling, whispering; they reach to delight!
How deep is my wonder of the moment God made-
undisturbed, unknown and from heaven portrayed.

© 2016 Linda Willows

Colossian’s 1:15-16 –He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

Numbers 6:24-26 –The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.