Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous shall enter through it.
I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord,
we pray, give us success!
God put in place a plan for us. It was a plan for rescue. It was a plan that only he could put together. It was plan that only he could bring to its ultimate completion. We know that plan didn’t just start at Christ’s birth, but it was the opening salvo for the end of death. It was loading the earth with the ammunition that would finally put to end death and the devil’s reign. For me, Palm Sunday is the beginning of that end. It is putting sin and death in the crosshairs as Jesus begins this final journey toward the cross.
Nothing will deter the trajectory. There is no barrier that will altar his course. No one will be able to shake the aim of God from hitting its mark. This week is clearing the path. It’s preparing the way. It’s removing the debris of people’s doubts and fears (You will scatter and deny), It’s a clearing out of alternative plans (put down your swords), and its pushing away the temporal solutions for eternal ones (the crowds that once cheered him as the coming king, jeered him all the way to the cross)
This is what this week does, starting with today. It lets nothing stand in its way of the soon to be finished work. We rejoice in knowing it is finished. We are thankful that he pushed us out of the way, and I mean us. We would be no different. We are no different. Even today, Christ moves us out of our own way so salvation can hit its intended target. We would lay down our palms and wonder in disgust why we ever did it a few days later.
But God, by His Grace, rescues us from us. From our own feeble attempts.
Today is the day where it tangibly begins for us. What he has planned from the foundation of it all! Where he hands us a better way!
His way. A completed and fulfilled way.
And we Rejoice!