Palm Sunday

They were now approaching Jerusalem, and when they reached Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples with these instructions: “Go to the village opposite, and just as you enter, you will find tethered there a colt which no one has yet ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks,’ why are you doing that?’, Say,’our Master needs it, and will send it back here with out delay.'”

So they went off, and found the colt tethered to a door outside in the street.

They were untying it when some of the bystanders asked,’ What are you doing, untying that Colt?’.

They answered, as Jesus had told them, and were then allowed to take it.

So they brought the colt to Jesus and spread their cloaks on it, and he mounted.

And people carpeted the road with their cloaks, while others spread brushwood which they had cut in the fields; and those who went ahead and the others who came behind shouted, ‘Hosanna! Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the heavens!’

He entered Jerusalem and went into the temple, where he looked at the whole scene; but, as it was now late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

 

Mark gives us a vivid picture of Christ’s Courage as he strides on to Jerusalem ahead of his frightened followers.

He shows us our Lord’s determination to go through his redemptive work whatever the cost.

Here is power, tremendous power, utterly controlled.

His ‘yes’ having been given to the doing of God’s will, Jesus is sufficiently at rest to be able to give himself to the healing of a blind man, to the ride in kingly humility on a donkey into Jerusalem, and to the survey in bitter sorrow of his beloved city.

That done, he goes with his friends to the home of Lazarus and his sisters, where he knew that he would find shelter and a big welcome.

In God’s will is our peace, under His control is our power.

(Mark 11: 1-11)
With many peaceful blessings for Palm Sunday

Geoffrey

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