church today was so good: focused on the passion, cross, and sacrifice of Christ. the scriptures and songs were somber and reflective, not like those "triumphal entry" palm sunday services that ring so hollow in my spirit.
i always think of that beautiful song, "star of the morning":
People shouted, "Here comes the King!"the scene is ironic. jesus is a king, for sure, but not the one the crowd is looking for. he rides a donkey, not a chariot or stallion. of course, their cheers ring false, when we know what comes next.
As You marched down the road to Jerusalem
There were tears in Your eyes,
The same ones who cheered, yelled, "Crucify!"
we cannot celebrate the joy and victory of easter before acknowledging the passion of Christ.
i cannot celebrate easter before humbling myself and repenting. it was my sin that held jesus to the cross that day at golgotha.
Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love and power.
Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome,
God’s free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Every grace that brings you nigh.
Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you’re better,
You will never come at all.
I will arise and go to Jesus,
He will embrace me in His arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior,
O there are ten thousand charms.