Palm Sunday

Scripture: John 12:12-16
March 29, 2015

Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, “Don’t be afraid, Daughter Zion.  Look! Your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt.” John 12:14-15

The passage for today brings into Holy Week.  It sets the stage for a dramatic culmination of events.  The crowd that joyously waved branches and cheered “hosanna” quickly turned against Jesus as the tension in the city mounted.
Perhaps they wanted Jesus to come in and save them from the Roman Empire, in a way that would radically change the political landscape.  Throughout the gospels we see this contrast between God’s Kingdom and the earthly kingdoms.  The more Jesus exhibits it by healing and restoring wholeness we see greater push back.
Instead of turning over the Roman Empire, Jesus sheds more light on God’s Kingdom.  It is a kingdom of love rather than hate, a kingdom of peace rather than war, it is a kingdom of presence rather than isolation.

Prayer:  God I sing my praise to you today.  Help me to hold tightly to that praise throughout this week.  Amen.


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