‘and you shall call his name JESUS, for he shall save his people from their sins’ ~ Matthew 1:21
What is so significant of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem riding on a young donkey, with the crowd waving palm branches and shouting, “Hosanna, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” The people saw him as their earthly king. They probably imagined a life free from the Roman oppression. But Jesus entered Jerusalem to fulfill God’s will – he choose to surrender his will. Psalm 118 echoes these words. It speaks of the celebration of victory over the enemies won by the king, who has delivered his people from oppression.
Jesus died on the cross and delivered us from the oppression of sin. The sinful nature continues to work in us. But as Paul mentions it need not have dominion over us. When we believe in the salvation work of Christ done on the cross and surrender our lives to his way, he gives us power to overcome sin. His word and Holy Spirit strengthen us and help us face temptations and trials and overcome them.
We can be encouraged by David’s example. When faced with the daunting task of fighting the giant Goliath, he did not panic nor retreat. He believed in what God could do and picking up his set of smooth stones said to Goliath is enemy, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty…”
Trust in God and have faith in his Word. Believe in the work of salvation and receive power to overcome the giants of sin in your life.
Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the strength and power you give me to overcome sin in my life. I believe in the salvation you give me through Jesus Christ. Help me grow strong and faithful, deeply rooted in your word. Amen.”
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