I like Him, a lot

Palm Sunday is possibly my favorite Sunday on the calendar.  It’s the day when we celebrate Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem at the beginning of Holy Week.  It’s the day when Jerusalem turned out to hail with great exuberance Jesus’ arrival.  Everyone was shouting “Hosanna in the highest!” (rejoice, hail to the Savior, celebrate, honor & revere), throwing down coats. cloaks and palm leaves on the road Jesus was traveling.  Boatloads of celebration, excitement, anticipation and eager jubilation were the order of the day when Jesus came into Jerusalem.  These are some possibilities that were going on that day:

  • some people thought Jesus would set the Jews free from Roman oppression
  • some people thought Jesus would upend the religious leaders who preyed on their already overcome countrymen
  • some people thought that Jesus would do His cool miracle stuff with free food, healings and cool special effects

It seems to me that everyone on Palm Sunday isn’t that much different than many of us today who expect Jesus to conform to our narrow needs & viewpoints.  Nevertheless, Jesus knew that despite this great outpouring of celebration & honor that human depravity would murder Him with barbaric savagery in a few short days.

Palm Sunday is when we see the greatest contrast between our ever faithful Jesus & the ever fickle humanity.  Hosanna in the highest, our God is consistent, loving and ever faithful!!

what’s the opposite of love???

 I’ve been thinking about love & its various expressions as they relate to different relationships (kids, parents, mates, friends, etc).  In my thinking, I’ve also been considering not only what love is, but also what love is not & here are some take aways I’ve been considering.  Love is not:

  • selfish – hence my tweet from a few days ago about love making decisions in the best interests of the recipient & not merely the giver of love
  • inconsistent – love is stable & as such, doesn’t merely function in the realm of feelings
  • hateful, malicious, evil, cruel or sadistic
  • apathetic – this word comes from the greek meaning to lack feeling or passion (a-pathy).  Perhaps indifference is more deadly than guns, bombs  & knives
  • egocentric or prideful – maybe these would be synonyms with selfish

These are some interesting observations, but what is more important than observation is application.  I know that I want to love well & authentically, but I get frustrated with myself because I fail.  It is exactly these frustrations, among other things, that cause me to turn to God because God is love.  I turn to God to live in a deeper relationship with Him so that He can love others more authentically through me.