Saturday, March 30, 2024

D.L. Gardner: What a Week

In his gospel account, Luke records Jesus riding on a donkey into Jerusalem on Sunday of Passion Week.

“And they brought it to Jesus, and they threw their garments on the colt, and put Jesus on it.And as He was going, they were spreading their garments in the road. and as He was now approaching near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, saying, ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’”

The Holy Week had begun with hundreds if not thousands of Jews and their families traveling to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. Some Pharisees in the crowd asked Jesus to rebuke His disciples, but Jesus replied, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”

Then Jesus wept over Jerusalem, saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. For the days shall come upon you when your enemies will throw up a bank before you, and surround you, and hem you in on every side, and will level you to the ground and your children with you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”

About 40 years after this the Roman army led by Titus destroyed Jerusalem stone by stone including the Jewish Temple. That was then.

Matthew records Jesus’ description of the fall of Jerusalem in chapter 24 of his gospel, but this description answers the disciples’ questions, “when will these things be, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” We’re still waiting for these things to happen.

Jesus depicts a time of extreme tribulation that far exceeds anything we’ve seen before. “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall.”

Then Jesus pronounces the coup-de-gras saying, “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken, and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.”

During this Holy Week, 2024, we remember and celebrate Jesus’ first coming to save us even in the middle of times that seem not that different from those 2000 years ago. The faithful among us find refuge in looking forward to Jesus’ return to redeem us from the prince of the power of the air.

Will 2024 be the year Jesus returns while we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body?

Daniel L. Gardner is a columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at


Saltwaterpappy said...

Let us take a look at history. Following the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 68 c.e., Christian's were convinced that the Second Coming was nigh. Many even slept on their roof tops because they didn't want anything to obstruct their ascension up to heaven upon Jesus' return. Nothing happened.

In 1187 c.e., the Muslims (under the leadership of Saladin) re-took Jerusalem from the Christian European "invaders". Once again, Christian's were convinced that the Second Coming was nigh. Nothing happened.

In the 20th century, Hitler was considered by many to be the Antichrist because of his human rights' abuses and the Holocaust of the Jews. Many Christians were convinced that the Second Coming was nigh. Nothing happened.

With the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, many Christians were convinced that the Second Coming was nigh. Nothing happened.

With the rise of Communism in the 20th century, many Christians were convinced that the Second Coming was nigh. Nothing happened. With the fall of Communism, many Christians were convinced that the Second Coming was nigh. Nothing happened.

Even today, many Christians see Putin as the Antichrist, and that we are now living in the final days. Some folks claim to be Pre-millinial believers, while others claim to be Post-millinialists. Some even claim to be Amillialists. Many are convinced that the Second Coming of Jesus is nigh.

Christians, don't you see a troubling pattern?

Patriot in Madison said...

God sent his chosen one in 2016 to save the world. If people don't get on their hands and knees and praise him and crawl to the ballot box in November we will send the end days like Revelations says.

Anonymous said...

The pattern is because the Nazarene Messiah myth was created by Romans as a pacifist messianic cult to counter violent messianic cults. Funny how it turned into a Roman Cult that was nearly entirely rejected by Judeans who still recount the true history of the fake Roman messiah plot. Basically, Christianity is to Judaism what Mormonism is to Christianity. False prophets.

Saltwaterpappy said...

7:35--- I'm not sure that I understand. Being the patriot that you are, surely, you are not suggesting that we make The Donald our Reich Furor, regardless of the election results.

Anonymous said...

Seems to me that DL and other false wannabe prophets conveniently forget that The Bible clearly says we won't know.

I could make an argument that Trump, Putin, Xi, and Jong Un or Ayatollah "de jour" are The Four Horsemen and in a spat between the 5, nuclear weapons become the catalyst for God to intervene and spare those of us who didn't listen to false prophets from the fiery Hell dictators and their devotees brought upon themselves!

One has only to go to The Vatican Museum or the museums of Protestant royals and their historic churches or see where witches were burned or watch the stoning of women and beheadings in Islam to realize that every religion has been built on the bones of innocents and we Christians have the least excuse to tolerate such evil men! Such men killed Christ. And, they sure didn't use their wealth to feed or heal the poor. Jesus wasn't fond of the " money changers" either, was he? Yet look how richly preachers of the gospel live these days. Churches own businesses now and if you think profits go entirely to " good works" and not to "good salaries and 'church' owned opulent living , you are hopelessly blind. What did Tammy and Jim not teach you?

Still, the DLs and males like him just can't help being " puffed up"! And, seem to struggle with the role of the women in Jesus' life.

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