In this sermon, “For Such A Time,” Pastor Neil points out how Christ Jesus came to Jerusalem, knowing what lay ahead. Here are some excerpts.
… [W]hen Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, He wasn’t blind to what lay ahead. He wasn’t in denial. He knew the hour had come. This was the very reason for which He had come into the world. Even though it meant unimaginable pain and suffering, and being completely abandoned – forsaken – by the Father as He bore the full weight of our sins, Jesus was determined to go through with it. Which He did, just a few days later, on Good Friday, when He was nailed to a cross and gave His life as an atoning sacrifice for your sins and mine…
It was for this reason that Jesus came into the world. It was for this reason that He came to this particular hour, this defining moment in His life that is the defining moment in all of history. He came for just such a time, for just such a moment as this.
And because He did, we worship Him. Because He did, we praise Him; we shout “Hosanna!” … we believe in Him. Because He did, we love Him. Because He did, we follow Him; we serve Him..
“With royal courage (Jesus) surrendered His body to be crucified. On the cross He offered a king’s ransom: His life for the life of His people. He would die for all the wrong things we had ever done and would do, completely atoning for all our sins. The crown of thorns that was meant to make a mockery of His royal claims actually proclaimed His kingly dignity, even in death.” (Adapted from Philip Ryken’s Sermon “Long Live the King!”)
… For you and me. Take time this week, while you are engaged in social distancing, to think about what Jesus endured for you; thank Him; get closer to Him; come to Him in faith, if you have never trusted Him to be your Savior. Take time today to come back to Him, to come to Him again, if you have drifted away or in some way turned away from Him. If you’re dabbling in sin, now is the time to stop. The hour to get right with God is now. And He is near to all who call to Him with a sincere heart in faith.
One last thing: You and I – all of us – are here for such a time as this. God has put each of us right here, right now, at this time and place in history, for such a time as this, to serve God’s purposes in this generation. In this crisis. Ask God to show you His purpose for you in these days– to show you opportunities to bless others in Jesus’ name; for opportunities to love and talk to unbelieving neighbors or friends or family members about Jesus. Ask Him to show us as a church how we can better love and care for one another, and our neighbors in this time. Then step out in action. In the name of Jesus and for His glory.