The ground breaking for the church in New Philadelphia, Ohio in the 1950’s, my dad on the far left, Robert Courtright, Grandpa Courtright and someone from those days will have to refresh my memory regarding the man on far right.
……..Now we see the tragedy ahead for such rejection of Christ, and this is only recorded by Luke.
Luke 19:43, 44 “For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round and keep thee in on every side. And shall lay thee even with the ground and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.”
Jesus saw how the Roman armies would coil round the City like a huge boa-constrictor, — “but they knew it not.” He saw army forces and the sword carrying destruction to buildings and massacre to men and woman, — “but they knew it not.” Jesus saw the fall from an eminence so august to an abyss so base, — “but they knew it not.”
When a man or woman rejects God, they are asking for more trouble, more pain, more disaster, more disappointment, more destruction than could be dreamed of; for his and her own soul and for families. The results are never-ending. My friends, we are free to choose, but we are not free to choose the results of our choice.
Our Lord’s objective in this final effort was the temple, not the palace. His target was spiritual, not political. He came to break the yoke of sin, not just the yoke of Rome. They wanted to humanize Christ, but Christ wanted to spiritualize them.
The grand purpose of the triumphal entry was to proclaim Jesus as Master and King and Lord of the heart of men, not nations. But they were so locked into the externals of religion that they could not see the internal relationship to Christ.
We can dwell so long upon the mere externals of devotion that we cease to be devoted. We can be so carried away with a style of worship that we fail to really worship.
Today the crowds in the streets are shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” but in a few days many of these same people will be in these same streets shouting, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Why? Because they did not see the spiritual purpose and mission of the coming of Jesus.
Let me turn a corner here and say, “What you do, what I do with Jesus and with His claims on us, will not affect God and His mammoth plan of redemption. God is alive and Jesus is alive and His truth and purposes are marching on even if the entire world rejects Him. I would like to give my testimony:
“Now I’ve given to Jesus everything;
Now I gladly own Him as my King;
Now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary.”
“…..and Calvary covers it all.”
— 4th and final part of Palm Sunday Sermon by Ralph G. Finch, Jr.