“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” – Hebrews 12:1-2
Champion – the one who has victory
Jesus is more powerful than death, more powerful than my mistakes, more powerful than whatever I cannot control.
Jesus the One who started our faith. Founder.
Initiator – one who starts it, causes something to begin
Perfector – one who makes possible the successful completion of something
Let us look to Jesus on whom our faith depends from beginning to end.
Faith – salvation: spiritual cleansing, new spiritual life, with Heaven as our home
This is Palm Sunday.
“Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look your King is coming to you,’” Matthew 21:5a reference to
“The Lord has sent this message to every land: ‘Tell the people of Israel, Look your Savior is coming. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes,'” – Isaiah 62:11
Palm branches idea from Festival of Shelters a Feast of Tabernacles – Leviticus 23:40
“Gather branches from magnificent trees – palm fronds, boughs from leafy trees, and willows that grow by the streams. Then celebrate with joy before the Lord your God for seven days.” – Leviticus 23:40
Matthew 21:9 Mark 11:9 Luke 19:38 John 12:13 “Blessings, one who comes in the name of the Lord.” In reference to “Please, Lord, save us. Bless the One who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord.” Psalm 118:25-26, 22-24, 1
What should we do?