It is a day of praise! Hosanna to the Son of David! On Palm Sunday the crowds of people lined the road to lay down their palm branches that Jesus might ride in like the King he truly is.
Like gravity, grace is a constant force at work in how God deals with us and how he wants us to deal with others. No one is beyond the reach of God’s grace. God never turns it off. When the weight of our sin makes us fearful of God’s condemnation, he reveals his grace yet again.
Where is God? We equate good fortune with God’s favor and bad fortune with his judgment. So if life is generally good, God must be happy with our performance no matter what we do! That false security must be CRUSHED. God must constantly remind us where he intends to be found—in the gospel.
How are shortcuts CRUSHED? If you want to strike fear into the hearts of my children. Tell them, don’t worry your dad knows a shortcut.
It was a custom known as “battle by champion.” Two opposing armies would each send out their best warrior to fight each other. That is what we see this week. Because Christ fought the battle against Satan as one of us, he won that battle for all of us. Jesus is our perfect substitute.