Traditionally this is the day on which the Church celebrates Jesus' final entry to Jerusalem before his crucifixion. As you prepare yourself for the Easter week, remember that Christ has come the first time, humble and for sin. He could've stormed the gates and crushed the world, but He crushed himself for our sake.
The working of the Holy Spirit is mainly in conviction. This can be with irresistible power, as in Charles Finney’s ministry:
“There were great outbursts of emotionalism during these meetings. One woman fell speechless and lay in a trance for sixteen hours, ‘emerging with a song of deliverance upon her lips’. One man came to church armed to kill Finney and during the sermon he fell from his seat, crying, ‘I am sinking into hell.’ Even the strongest nerved men were swept before the Spirit’s power to be rendered so weak that friends carried them home.”
But for Yvonne de Beer He has been gently persuasive, and today we rejoice to share her witness in baptism. What is He whispering to you, either to do, or to give up? Listen and obey, for therein is glory in Christ!
Under the Mercy
The Unity of the God-Smitten
“These have been in the Presence and will never be the same again. They know a holy reverence, a wondrous sense of sacredness that rises at times to transports of delight. Their garments smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia, a gift from their Bridegroom and King who came walking out of the Ivory Palaces, trailing clouds of glory, to win them for Himself.
“These hail each other across the oceans and down the years. Over the barriers set up in ignorance by stubborn men to separate the children of God, they leap to clasp each other’s hands and share together the feast of holy bread and wine.” – AW Tozer
Drink deeply of the wine of Christ’s overflowing love as we worship Him today. And if you are not yet smitten, keep seeking!