Saturday, March 15

Anticipating Palm Sunday

“The entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday has all the elements of theatre of the absurd: the poor king; truth comes riding on a donkey; arcane and ancient symbolic actions played out unknowingly by the unwashed rabble; and all as a prelude to the disaster of crucifixion--or so it seemed.” Thomas Watson

“A day which began with joy and promise ends with rebuke and judgment. Like the fig tree, which outwardly looked fruitful, Jerusalem had all the outward signs of religious piety, but was inwardly hostile to the purposes of the Lord. Palm Sunday is thus both a promise and a warning echoing across the ages.” Elizabeth Prentiss

“Everyone who lined the streets of Jerusalem that day so long ago had a different reason for waving those palms. Some were political activists; they'd heard Jesus had supernatural power, and they wanted him to use it to free Israel from Roman rule. Others had loved ones who were sick or dying. They waved branches, hoping for physical healing. Some were onlookers merely looking for something to do, while others were genuine followers who wished Jesus would establish himself as an earthly king. Jesus was the only one in the parade who knew why he was going to Jerusalem--to die. He had a mission, while everyone else had an agenda.” J.I. Packer

1 comment:

Lawrence Underwood said...

Hosanna! Hosanna to the Son of David!

Lord have mercy and save us. We are a confused and sinful church in this nation. We have often forgotten that you are the Saviour and not the satisfier; that you are the Redeemer and not the one that redeems our 'spiritual Green Stamps'; that you are Lord and not merely the object of our love.

Hosanna! Hosanna to the Son of David.