We created these daily readings for the week of Easter to help prepare our hearts to remember and celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus our Savior! We encourage you to spend some time each day in these readings, not only reading them but processing their implications on your life and your love for God!
This week you might notice that we are using palm branches in our Easter branding. This is because the crowds laid down palm branches before the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem that first Palm Sunday believing that “Hosanna in the Highest” had come. This week lay down our praises believing that Jesus is Hosanna- the One who saves!
Palm Sunday: “Lamb of God”
Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday not as a conquering king, but as the sacrificial Lamb of God!
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’” – John 1:29
Throughout the Old Testament lambs would be offered up as sacrifices for sin. These sacrifices would be made year after year to cover the sins of God’s people, and though these sacrifices covered the people’s sins it did not forgive their sins. Then Jesus enters the scene and John the Baptist announces Him as the “Lamb of God” – God’s perfect sacrifice. You see Jesus came to do what the Old Testament sacrificial system was powerless to do. Jesus came to lay down His life like a sacrificial lamb so that our sins-past, present, and future-would be forgiven once and for all! Which means as a Christian you don’t have to strive to earn forgiveness every time you mess up – but rather you turn and forevermore stand forgiven in Christ Jesus, “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”