[The crowd] took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!” John 12:13
Every missionary has to make the same decision: to exchange a familiar, secure, and probably safe environment for an unfamiliar, insecure, and possibly dangerous new environment. That decision is a choice, an act of the will, made on the basis of sacrificial love for those who need to know about Jesus. That decision reflects Jesus’ own words: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).
Jesus demonstrated that same choice, that same sacrifice, and that same decision when He “set [His] face like a flint” (Isaiah 50:7) and went to Jerusalem knowing that His death would shortly come. He entered into the praises of many who welcomed His arrival, but He soon found Himself the object of His opponents’ plans for His demise. Yet, His love for us overcame His knowledge of what He would face. This is the love of God that knows no bounds and is extended to all.
God’s love falls gently like April showers. Don’t fail to receive the refreshment He offers you today.
The true measure of God’s love is that He loves without measure. Unknown
Triumph and Tears (John 12:12–17)