Readings: Psalm 31: 14-15, Psalm 118:1, Isaiah 50:7, and Philippians 2:9
Today we celebrate both Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday. With palms we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It is an event filled with joy yet tinged with sadness as well. This happy parade marks the beginning of Holy Week. The events of this week will contain a good deal of despair but in the end hope is triumphant. The passion of Jesus for humanity reveals the depth of His love for us.
Today’s Psalm readings remind us of the truth and steadfastness of God. In Psalm 31 we are reminded to trust God because He WILL deliver us. Yes, there will be trials, but He will see us through them. Psalm 118 reminds us of the why: because God is good and because His love endures forever. When we choose to fully trust our lives to God, we discover that He will deliver us each and every time because of the depth of His love for us.
That depth of love allowed His own Son to be tried, tortured, and crucified because God knew that death would not have the last word. God knew that the grave could not contain His Son. God knew that love is stronger than death. So sin was heaped upon Jesus on that cross. He bore them all as the perfect sacrifice. Oh what depth of love the Father has for you and me! Oh what love.