Editor’s note: This Easter season, CTA invites you to focus on God’s everlasting love. It’s a remarkable, undying love that brought us forgiveness through Jesus on that first Resurrection Day. Today’s devotion is an entry from the A Love That Never Dies devotional prayer journal. This devotion book, based on Jeremiah 31:3, takes readers through the forty days of Lent according to St. Matthew’s Passion account. The book is available in both ESV and KJV. 

And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Matthew 21:9 ESV)

Reflect: What a paradox! The people were crying, “Hosanna! (Save us!)” But from what are they expecting to be saved? They were seeking temporal deliverance from political oppression; the Lord had come to save them from eternal condemnation. Little did they know that the only way their “king” could accomplish his mission was to suffer and die at Calvary’s cross. Had they known that, would they still have shouted what they did? Would they have shouted it had they known it would mean a death knell for the Savior? Are there times when you become so focused on the “immediate” that you neglect the infinitely larger picture of where you will spend eternity?

Prayer starter: O Lord, save me from preoccupation with my own needs; help me keep sight of your eternal promises and give me clear vision of your will through . . .

 

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