Hi, this is John Mark Caton the Pastor at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church with your Inspirational Thought of the Day!

Palm Sunday is in two days! This week we have been looking at the Encounters of Christ through the Gospel of John. Today, I want to look at the encounter of Christ with the Crowd from John 12.

Scripture says, 12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (John 12:12-13)

Palm Sunday is the day we remember Jesus’ “Triumphal Entry” into Jerusalem exactly one week prior to His resurrection.

So as you look forward to Palm Sunday…don’t forget its significance. The King was coming to Jerusalem, not for political victory…but to die for the sins of mankind.

There is no doubt that some of those in the crowd that day who were cheering for him would be some of the same ones in the crowd screaming, “crucify him.”

However, that did not change the heart of Jesus. He still looked in the eyes of the father from that awful cross and said “father, forgive them.” Those words still ring true today.

Think about it, and I hope to see you in church on Palm Sunday!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D

John 12:12-19, 12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” 14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: 15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
see, your king is coming,
 seated on a donkey’s colt.” 16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him. 17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”