- How are you today? Hosanna!
- The Hoosiers won again. Hosanna!
and pulls our lives together.
The signposts of God are clear
and point out the right road.
The life-maps of God are right,
showing the way to joy.
God’s Word warns us of danger
and directs us to hidden treasure.
Otherwise how will we find our way? (vv 7-8, 11)
- Jesus’ triumph was through the cross. Jesus said, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified” and I’m going to die. His death was his glory. He would be “lifted up” on the cross. His death would be the victory that would draw everyone to him. And it’s not like this was easy for him. His soul was “troubled.” Dying for us was a hard and painful struggle for Jesus. It cost him. It hurt - in every possible way. He had to lay down his own life, so that our lives could be raised up. He had to give up his life and his glory so that the Father’s glory could flow through him. So, lesson #1 - Jesus triumph was through the cross.
- If we follow Jesus, we’re going to the cross. Jesus was fine with all these crowds celebrating him and singing to him and about him, but he wanted to clear up one thing right from the beginning. “Look folks, pay attention to where we’re going. I’m going to the cross. If you follow me, you’re going to the cross too. A seed must ‘die’ and be buried before it multiplies, and you must give up your life as a servant to will have real life. My path, the path of real life, is the path of surrender and sacrifice and love that gives until it hurts. Come and follow me, and go to the cross with me.”
- The cross drives out “the prince of this world.” Whatever you think about the devil or evil, I think we can mostly agree on this: the center point of evil is selfishness, careless disregard for others in favor of what feels good for ourselves. So when Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Deliver us from evil,” or “Deliver us from the Evil One,” he was teaching something that he would live out in his own body. Jesus’ act of ultimate unselfishness broke the back of Evil in our world. The power of selfish evil is broken - as long as we live centered in Jesus’ cross.
- Why do I really want this car? Is it for me or for God’s mission?
- Why do I really want this house? Is this really going to free me for God’s service?
- Why do I really want this new scarf?
- Why do I really want this boyfriend?
- Why do I really want this donut?