Sunday, March 24, 2013

Bread for the Journey




Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the lord. 
Hosanna in the highest!
Palm Sunday for the Christian today is a day of great celebration and a day of great sadness all at the same time. On this day Jesus entered Jerusalem with thousands of people crowded in the streets rejoicing and hailing Him King. Within a week, he would be dead. How could this be? The very people that were singing Hosanna, were going to be shouting Crucify Him! Two thousand years ago, the people didn't have the benefit of knowing what we know today. They didn't know that there would be a resurrection! They didn't know of Easter. We have the hope today of the resurrection, but also the knowledge that we are the reason for His crucifixion. He paid the price, for you and I. I pray that as you enter Holy Week, it is done with the assurance and knowledge that God loves us so much that his Son died for us that we may have eternal life with him. 

Mark 11:1-10 (NLT)
Jesus' Triumphant Entry

As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. 

"Go into that village over there, " he told them. "As soon as you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks, "What are you doing?" just say, "The Lord needs it and will return it soon." The two disciples left and found the colt standing in the street, tied outside the front door. As they we untying it, some bystanders demanded, "what are you doing, untying that colt?" They said what Jesus had told them to say, and they we permitted to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it, and he sat on it. Many in the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others spread leafy branches they had cut in the fields.  Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, "Praise God! Blessing on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!  Blessing on the coming of Kingdom of our ancestor David! Praise God in the highest heaven!"
  

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