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Palm Sunday

The little reminders keep us on course; the big reminders help us examine that course. Christian holy days are the big reminders. – M.S.Reed, March 28, 2010

The crowds cried “Hosanna!” when they saw him come through the gates of Jerusalem seated upon a lowly donkey, an asses’ colt. They waved palms to show their joy and to honor him as their King.  At last, their deliverance was near!  But what kind of deliverance was coming? Everyone in the crowd must have had certain expectations.  Would this man live up to them?

Hosanna means to praise the king and at the same time to show gratefulness for salvation.  It is a very powerful salutation!  Hope and relief are endemic in its use. “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:38) This was the hope of those dwelling in the city of Jerusalem, a nation who had been waiting for a deliverer and King for hundreds of years.

This event was so powerful that people are still talking about it and remembering it.  Why would any king, if he was so powerful, so glorious, choose to make his entry on the most lowly and often stubborn of animals?  What did that say about the man? What did it say about us?  G. K. Chesterton, a writer and Christian Apologist, was so moved about this ironic but telling contrast that he wrote the following poem from the perspective of the donkey:

G.K. Chesterton (1874–1936)

The Donkey

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born;

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.

…For I also had my hour;/One far fierce hour and sweet:/There was a shout about my ears,/And palms before my feet.”  Even the lowly and unruly, as this donkey represented,  somehow were to have an opportunity for the splendid and the peaceful under the stern yet loving kingship of this amazing man!  But in the matter of a few short days the love and praise of the crowd turned against Jesus and he was given over to Pontius Pilate and when asked what should be done with him, the crowds asked that he be crucified. This amazing turn of events was allowed to take place so that you and I might be freed from the burden of and bondage to sin, and conquering it through Jesus, this King, a resurrection to everlasting life.

Today we remember Jesus, our King, and His Triumphal ride into Jerusalem! (John 12:12-20) Walk with us this week to examine the events that changed the world and could change your life!

Till next time….

God bless you,  M. S. Reed, 2010, Dilseacht, le gra go deo

Today we remember Jesus, our King, and His Triumphal ride into Jerusalem! (John 12:12-20)

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