Sunday, April 13, 2014

PALM SUNDAY ~ ~ ~ Have I+ Been So Long Time With You, and Yet...

...thou hast not known ME+ ? 
John 14:9

Photo by the Order of The GOOD SHEPHERD+
Rejoice greatly, 
O Daughter of Zion; 
SHOUT! O Daughter of Jerusalem;
Behold, thy KING+ cometh unto thee; 

HE+ is just, 
and having salvation;
lowly, and riding upon an ass,
and upon a colt, 
the foal of an ass.
Zechariah 9:9 



Save now --- HOSANNA! --- I beseech THEE+, 
O LORD:  
O LORD, I beseech THEE+, 
send now prosperity.

Blessed be HE+ that cometh 
in the name of The LORD; 
we have blessed you 
out of the house of The LORD. 

GOD is The LORD, 
Who hath shewed us LIGHT+; 

bind the sacrifice with cords, 
even unto the horns of the altar. 
Psalm 118:25-27 

The Complete Jewish Bible
D. Stern
courtesy of Biblegateway.com

 The very rock that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone!

23 This has come from Adonai,
and in our eyes it is amazing.

24 This is the day Adonai has made,
a day for us to rejoice and be glad.

25 Please, Adonai! Save us!
Please, Adonai! Rescue us!

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of Adonai.
We bless you from the house of Adonai.

27 Adonai is God, and he gives us light.
Join in the pilgrim festival with branches
all the way to the horns of the altar.

28 You are my God, and I thank you.
You are my God; I exalt you.

29 Give thanks to Adonai; for he is good,
for his grace continues forever

Meditation ~ ~ ~ 

Our LORD'S triumphal entry into Jerusalem, where even the stones would cry out,  "Hosanna! To the SON of David. Blessed is HE+ that comes in the Name of The LORD. Hosanna in the Highest! " seems to be a joyous occasion in the earth-time life of JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth. 

Yes, it is joyous because it fulfills several Old Covenant prophecies: the joy being that GOD is right. 

But of a truth, "Have I+ been so long time with you , and yet, you do not know ME+ ? "   Our LORD JESUS said that to Philip. However, HE+ was addressing Philip's request in John 14 to show him The FATHER.

The Jews who walked this earth at that point in time purported to worship The FATHER, yet they did not know HIM, either. They neither understood the prophets' prophecies nor did they recognize their own Messiah WHO+ exactly fit the pattern of the Old Covenant sacrifices and ceremonies. 

But, the Ha'Am-Eretz, the common people knew ! The children knew! Even the stones knew! 

So, for our LORD entering Jerusalem triumphantly, the joy had to be tinged with sadness, for His+ own people ensconced within the righteous religious system handed down from Moses did NOT know HIM+, their Messiah. They would die in their un-belief, in their sin. 

How much sadness could a human heart endure? 

Let us Pray ~ ~ ~ 

Dear SAVIOR+, Our LORD JESUS CHRIST,  we thank THEE+ for coming, for fulfilling prophecies, for being willing to die for the human race, for opening the Kingdom of GOD to "whomsoever will " come to THEE+. 

Worthy is the LAMB+ , 
worthy is the LAMB+, 
worthy is the LAMB+ 
that was slain to receive blessing , 
honor, 
glory, 
and power 
for ever and ever. 
Amen !

Yes, blessed is HE+ 
Who+ cometh in the Name of The LORD.
Hosanna in the Highest!


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