Waiting for salvation

Last week Minnesota got nailed with yet another snowstorm. Right as spring was supposed to make an appearance, the residents—who already lived through the snowiest February on record—got their hopes dashed. When Steve Patterson of Twin Cities Live talked about it  on Live with Kelly and Ryan, he said, “We are broken. We are angry. We don’t like it. This is garbage. It has to stop.” 

That pretty much sums up the feelings of people who have no choice but to get out the shovel yet again when they really want to get out the grill.

As hilarious as his reporting was, there are times when bad news isn’t so funny. You know what I’m talking about because you’ve experienced the moments when it seems like you can’t ever catch a break. You’ve been laid off for months, and then your child gets in trouble at school. Every doctor’s report has been filled with bad news, and then your car dies. The ink on your divorce papers is barely dry, and your house floods. You live through a hard winter; then flooding takes your cattle (ask the people of Nebraska). You want to say, “We are broken. We are angry. We don’t like it. This is garbage. It has to stop.”

This past weekend, many Christian churches celebrated what’s known as Palm Sunday—a day when Jesus entered Jerusalem as people cheered, even though he knew they would be shouting for his death just a few days later. 

In the Bible, the prophet Zechariah wrote about this event to a people who were so tired and just wanted to see their Savior: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9 ESV).

The people who lived at the time of the first Palm Sunday were people just like you. Life was hard, relationships were strained, and they were tired. So when they heard the words “having salvation” in Hebrew, the language this was written in, they finally had hope because “having salvation” is the picture of someone who has been absolutely oppressed and ultimately rises in victory. 

The King who came to them—and who is coming back for you—knows what it’s like to be absolutely oppressed. Throughout his life on earth, he was tempted by Satan, lived in lonely places, was deserted by friends, and then was tortured and died on a cross. Then he ultimately rose up in victory. He came back from the dead, proclaimed victory, and then met with believers for the next few weeks to show that he really is alive. After that he rose up into heaven and is ruling with God.

As you feel like you can’t catch a break, Palm Sunday is a reminder that no matter what happens here on earth, there is salvation in store for you. All because of Jesus who came to heal your brokenness and make you whole. He lived a perfect life so that your frustration and anger will be replaced with eternal peace. He rose to turn your garbage and ashes into beauty. And he’s prepared a place for you where the joy won’t ever stop. 

 

Linda Buxa is a writer and editor. It was snowing yet again as she wrote this. She’s not broken (yet), but she’s more than ready for sunshine and 70s.

 

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