What a difference a week makes. As we were driving to church on this surprisingly cold morning in March, I spoke with my daughter about the pendulum changes of the past week. I had finished two big projects, received two new writing projects, learned about tablet computers, had a dear friend stay with us and welcomed a client to our town. Circumstances are much more favorable this week than last.
Jesus also experienced pendulum changes as well. Palm Sunday commemorates His triumphal entry to Jerusalem, with large crowds happily welcoming Him and children heralding His visit with palm branches.
“The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” ‘Hosanna in the highest!'” ~Matthew 21:9
We often speak of things changing in a “New York minute.” In a Jerusalem minute, circumstances for Jesus would change markedly and tragically in the next week as one of His chosen disciples would betray Him, sell Him out, and help in His arrest and fake trial. The crowds would turn on Him. Within a week He would endure the ultimate betrayal from men.
But not from God.
The Lord will guard you; He is by your side to protect you. Psalm 121:5
Circumstances would again change in a “New Jerusalem minute.” During the next week, there would be another cataclysmic shift and those circumstances would change the course of all our lives…Because of His grace. The Eternal Grace
The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. … The LORD will keep you from all harm— …he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Amen Psalm 121:5-8