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March 16, 2008

Branches of Palm Trees and Hosannas

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!"

His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him.

The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. So the Pharisees said to one another, "You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him."

from John 12

Hosanna, hosanna. . .blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!


Today we read the passage of the Triumphal Entry from each of the Gospels. Less than a week after this mass recognition that Jesus was sent from God, he was rejected and crucified.

The boys asked, "Why?" Why did the people crucify Him so soon after proclaiming He was sent from God?

As we talked, we recognized that all of us have the tendency to both recognize God and reject God. That sinfulness in our heart will want to reject the Lord, even though we KNOW he is Lord.

And we prayed. And repented.

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Thanks for the extract, and thank God because Jesus is alive, we live also!

Have a good week now, TG, and a great Easter just ahead to celebrate our risen Christ!

Posted by: bp at March 17, 2008 12:05 PM


 
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