Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sunday's Thought

"Virginia Bluebells at Bull Run"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
Today is Palm Sunday. The Sunday, prior to Easter, which commemorates Jesus Christ riding into Jerusalem on a donkey being greeted by crowds spreading out their cloaks and palm branches in His path. Many churches will celebrate Palm Sunday in a variety of ways including the waving of palm branches.

Palm Sunday begins the Holy Week, the days before Jesus Christ. As Jesus entered Jerusalem, he knew what was ahead in the coming days. He knew it was the Will of the Father for Him to die on a cross for our sins so we would have eternal life if we believe and accept Jesus Christ as our Savior.

While thinking about what to write this week, I searched the internet looking for ideas and thoughts from other writers about Palm Sunday and the Easter Season. I am selective with what I read though I enjoying learning other opinions on most subjects. I believe this allows a more rounded thought process for myself and writing.

The internet search proved to be very interesting as I found articles from Business Journals to Religion websites to Christian magazines all writing articles to let their readers know about Palm Sunday and what to possibly expect in many Christian churches.

The thought that seems to never escape me this time of year was taught to me many years ago by many Sunday School Teachers, Pastors, Music Ministers, and the many Christian friends was that Jesus WILLINGLY gave His Life for me, so I would not go to hell when I die, but to heaven. I have a hard time letting that sink into my brain.

He did this for you, for me, for everyone who believes, regardless of whatever we might have done in our lives.

 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
-John 3:16

A song that my father used to sing quite often this time of year was "Ten Thousand Angels." The song has been on my mind this Easter season, so I want to share the words with you. 

Verse:
They bound the hands of Jesus 
in the garden where He prayed;
They led Him thro' the streets in shame.
They spat upon the Savior so pure and free from sin;
They said, "Crucify Him; He's to blame."

Chorus:
He could have called ten thousand angels
To destroy the world and set Him free.
He could have called ten thousand angels,
But He died alone, (alone), for you and me.

Verse:
2 Upon His precious head 
they placed a crown of thorns;
They laughed and said, "Behold the King."
They struck Him and they cursed Him
and mocked His holy name.
All alone He suffered everything. (Chorus)

Verse:
3 When they nailed Him to the cross,
His mother stood near by;
He said, "Woman, behold thy son!" 
He cried, "I thirst for water," 
but they gave Him none to drink.
Then the sinful work of man was done. (Chorus)

Verse:
4 To the howling mob He yielded;
He did not for mercy cry.
The cross of shame He took alone.
And when He cried, "It's finished,"
He gave Himself to die;
Salvation's wondrous plan was done. (Chorus)

Author: Ray Overholt
Copyright: © 1959 Lillenas Publishing

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(C) Allen Pearson, Kim Kirby 2016