Palm Sunday

Mark 11:7-11, NIV

When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,

“Hosanna!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

Today is Palm Sunday. The day when Jesus rode into Jerusalem not on a warhorse but a donkey. The day when Jesus came riding into the city without bloodshed but with peace. This is Jesus. This is our God. In the gospel of John, the author quotes Jesus saying, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father (John 14:9, NIV).” God is continually revealing God’s self throughout the entire Bible, but we do not fully see God revealed until we see Jesus, the Son of God.

Through Jesus, in Mark 11, God is shown as One who comes to restore and reconcile creation not through violence but through love. Through Jesus, we see God as One who would rather sacrifice and die than to enact violence. The Bible is a story of reconciliation. Those who sang, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Many may not have fully understood this, for many of them resorted back to violence in the crucifixion of Jesus. But on Palm Sunday, we have the create privilege of joining the cries of praise to Christ that day when Jesus rode into Jerusalem, and we have the advantage of knowing the full story and meaning of Christ riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.


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