Palm Sunday Perspectives
As the day in which we celebrate our Risen Savior approaches, we take time to remember the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Most celebrations begin on Palm Sunday which commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The Bible says in Matthew 21:8-9 (NKJV) that, “a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ ‘Hosanna in the highest!’” The multitudes had gathered and jubilantly praised Jesus as the coming Messiah. This begs the question, “What happened between Sunday and Friday?” That question was posed at my church one Palm Sunday and I believe the answer has great bearing on many challenges facing families today.
What is it that happened 2000 years ago that changed the crowd’s disposition, so that on Sunday they were shouting praises and laying their cloaks before Jesus, and by Friday they were mocking him and shouting for his crucifixion? The answer can be traced back to mankind’s fallen condition and the human tendency to see things from an earthly perspective rather than an eternal perspective.
At the triumphal entry the people shouted praises to Jesus as the coming Messiah. However, they were mistaken as to what he came to this earth to accomplish. They did not see from God’s perspective their need of a Savior to overcome sin and death. Instead, the Jewish people were seeking a political savior; a king to save them from the oppression of Roman rule. When they soon found out that Jesus had not come to fulfill their dreams of political freedom, their hopes were dashed and their allegiance quickly turned. A week that started with such joy ended with such sorrow. (Of course, it ultimately ended with even greater joy but that is for another blog.)
The same story is played out in the lives of families every day. One example of this is marriage. No one goes to the altar with the intention of getting divorced. Weddings are days of great joy and excitement. So why are divorce rates so high? Even among Christians? Too many people see marriage from an earthly perspective instead of from an eternal perspective.
One of my college professors once said, “Marriage isn’t to make you happy. It’s to make you holy.” What a different perspective from that of the world today! How many times have we heard people say in their reason for divorce, “I’m just not happy anymore?” Too many people are going into marriages for the wrong reasons. They seek happiness and fulfillment in another person and at first they are happy and fulfilled. However, when hard times come, as they inevitably do, the sandy foundation that they have built their marriage upon is washed away and they are left as the crowds 2000 years ago with their hopes and expectations dashed.
So what is the purpose of marriage? Bestselling author and founder of HeartWing Ministries, Michelle McKinney Hammond, put it this way, “Marriage and having a mate are not just about you. It is about a partnership for God’s glory. To the furtherance of completing His plan.”* Happiness is not the end goal of marriage but rather a blessed result of a partnership lived for the glory of God! If more people went into marriage with this perspective not only would we see a great drop in the divorce rate, but we would also see families walking in fulfillment of the divine purpose that God has for them.
This year, as you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ with your family, I encourage you to take the time to seek God and to see your family from His perspective. Then turn what God shows you into a vision statement that will keep your family actively fulfilling the divine purpose that God has for your family! (For information on how to create a Family Vision Statement check out the resources tab on the C2Family website: www.c2family.com)
- Carol MacPherson, Esq., Graduate of Liberty Law and Friend of C2Family
* Hammond, Michelle McKinney. Sassy, Single, & Satisfied. Eugene: Harvest House Publishers, 2003. Print.