Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday's Thought

"Jesus Triumphal Entry"
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Today is Palm Sunday.  In the Christian Faith, it signals the coming end of Lent, its a reminder of Jesus's Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem and the crowds celebrating with palm branches and the beginning of Holy Week leading to Easter.

Last evening, I went to see "The Choice" by the Music Ministry of Centreville Baptist Church, Centreville, VA. It was their first Easter Pageant. The pageant was full of great music and drama, not overdone or undone -it was well balanced.  The story of Christ's early days, then his friends and followers denying they knew Him which led to the crucifixion and finally, the Resurrection.

The celebration of Palm Sunday has always kept my attention. Not sure exactly why but it does.

7 They brought the donkey and the colt 
and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 
8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, 
and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
9 And the crowds that went before him 
and that followed him were shouting, 
“Hosanna to the Son of David! 
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 
Hosanna in the highest!” 
10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, 
“Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, 
“This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
 - Matthew 21:7-11, ESV

Maybe it's to serve as a reminder. The crowds knew Him, loved Him, He was the King. But later in the week, they would deny Him. Not everyone did. The Pharisees did, some of His Followers did, while some remained true to Him to the Crucifixion and beyond.

Maybe its the celebration of Jesus who came to give us eternal life.  Maybe its the simplicity of His Entry to Jerusalem.  He didn't "have" to arrive in a BMW or a Mercedes - He arrived on a donkey- to me, this made Him more approachable.

Made me think: How many times have we scoffed or denied knowing Him and put Him back on the cross to crucify. Maybe it was unintentional. Maybe caught off guard by a comment or remark or joke.  Are you a Sunday only Christian where you come to church each week, but don't acknowledge it or even Him during the week?

Maybe this Easter season should be a new beginning for you.  Take up your cross and follow Him.  

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