Friday, March 30, 2012

Getting Ready for Palm Sunday

This Sunday is more than simply an ordinary Sunday. In the Christian calendar, it is also known as Palm Sunday, the day in which Jesus was greeted with palms, and shouts of joy with celebration of a coming king. This event is significant enough for all four gospel writers to record. (Matthew 21; Mark 11; Luke 19; John 12). Here are the similarities.
  • All four gospel writers recorded Jesus' request to untie and to bring a colt (young donkey) to him.
  • All the people were excited about the coming king
  • All the people celebrated with raised arms and palm leaves
  • It was a joyous occasion and a remarkable flashback to the prophecy in the Old Testament.
  • Shouts of 'Hosanna!' rang throughout.
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of what we commonly call Passion Week. Amid the happy throngs and celebratory atmosphere, Jesus knows that there is more than meets the eye.
  • The people were expected a kingly figure to ride on a majestic horse, but Jesus came on a never been ridden colt;
  • The people expected Jesus to be the one to liberate them from Roman bondage. Instead Jesus will soon be arrested and executed under the Roman authorities
  • The people thought that this is the beginning of the end of Roman rule. Little did they know that Palm Sunday begins the road to Calvary, to liberate all mankind from the rule of sin.
As we get ready for Palm Sunday, it is important to remind ourselves to learn to see from God's perspective, rather than to be stuck in human perspective. Watch this video and see the difference.


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