Sunday, April 5, 2009

Passion Week: Sunday

John 12:12-15
The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!”

I wonder how many were gathered along the road that day. I wonder how loud the cries were as the people called out to the King of kings. I imagine it was a beautiful scene.

But I can't help but remember that only days later their voices were raised again. Maybe louder. But the tone changed. Instead of "Hosanna!" they cried, "Crucify him!"

If you gathered with people this Palm Sunday and raised your voice to worship the King of kings, don't follow the pattern of the crowd 2,000 years ago. Some will be tempted to end this day of worship on the internet searching for pictures Jesus died to redeem them from. Some will go from raising hands to the Lord to raising their hand to their spouse or children. Or maybe just using words to provoke or abuse them... God's sons and daughters. Again, Jesus died to redeem you from that.

I'm going to post each day this week about the events of Jesus' last week. Let us continue to lift our hands, raise our voices and give our hearts to Him. He gave his life so that we could.

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