Palm Sunday… Hosanna!
A Reading …
When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples 2 and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4 They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, 5 some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6 They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. 7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. 8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. 9 Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
1Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
11 Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
Mark 11 verses 1 - 11 New Revised Standard Version
A Thought …
On this Palm Sunday we remember Jesus entry into Jerusalem, the response of those within who brought palm branches and cloaks to honour him and proclaim him as their King. This is a King in their midst not proclaiming his might and majesty by riding a horse often equated with war, but a colt a humble symbol to the people of peace a fulfilment of a prophecy declared many years ago.
Zechariah 9:9 prophesied the coming of a king “righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
And yet … within days Jesus would be led out amidst accusations and insults to be crucified, to die a sinner’s death.
(As we journey through Holy Week let us make time each day to reflect on that journey Jesus made … as we reach Good Friday let us all pause and remember … If you are able please read the Gospel of John chapters 18 and 19)
A Prayer …
God our Saviour, whose Son entered Jerusalem as Messiah to suffer and die: may these palm branches be for us a sign of his victory;
May we who carry them ever hail him as King and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life.
With all the faithful may we enter the new Jerusalem in triumph; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Eternal God, in your tender love towards the human race you sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take our flesh and to suffer death upon a cross. Grant that we may follow the example of his great humility and share in the glory of his resurrection; through e same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Methodist Worship Book
Blessings to all,
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