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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Victory in the Cross

Ken Horn
April 17, 2011

On this Palm Sunday, we look toward Easter — the resurrection of Jesus. The week between the two is known as Passion Week, a week of apparent ups and downs.

It begins with the Triumphal Entry, leads to Jesus’ crucifixion on what we call Good Friday, and eventuates in His resurrection — the event that brings to completion the plan of salvation.

At the Triumphal Entry, Jesus receives a hero’s welcome from a multitude. He would interact with crowds of people at the temple during His final days of earthly ministry. Matthew’s Gospel gives a powerful summary of Christ’s teaching and notes “the people held that he was a prophet” (21:46, NIV).

From a human point of view, Jesus’ appearance in Jerusalem and His reception pointed to a new level of acceptance and perhaps the opportunity to exercise His influence for social change. But Jesus’ mission eclipsed anything the cheering crowd, or even His disciples, could imagine.

By week’s end, Jerusalem’s religious leaders had arrested Jesus in secrecy and condemned Him to death in a sham trial. Because they were under Roman authority, they colluded with Pilate to carry out Jesus’ execution.

Jesus’ enemies feared He was a threat to their own positions of authority. They dangled in front of Pilate the possibility Jesus could undermine the rule of Caesar in the region. But Jesus’ mission was not aimed at human governments, locally or globally.

Palm Sunday wasn’t the full triumph it seemed. The Crucifixion, while horrible in its infliction of physical pain, wasn’t a defeat. It was a triumph. “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15).

The ultimate meaning of Palm Sunday is found in the Resurrection, an event Jesus’ enemies would try to cover up and all believers would discover to be life-changing. What a glorious victory began at Calvary and finished when the stone was rolled away from the tomb.

Jesus was infinitely more than a respected prophet teaching in the temple. He was, and is, the living Son of God.

Ken Horn

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