Today is Palm Sunday, the day Jesus humbly rode into Jerusalem for His last visit before He would endure torture and death. Despite all the fear and anxiety that is gripping the world today, take time to pause and celebrate this Christian holiday and help spread the joy and hope we carry knowing that our King of Kings rode in on a lowly mule to save our souls for all eternity.
Church services. I added two more to the list, Hillsong NYC and the young man above’s home church, Radiant Church, MI
Compassion Christian Church, Savannah, GA; 9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 11p
Elevation Worship, Ballantyne, NC; 9:20a, 11:20a, 4:50p
Passion City Church, Atlanta, GA; 10a
Transformation Church, Tulsa, OK; 12p
Bayside Community Church, Bradenton, FL; 9:15a, 11:15a
FreshLife Church, MT; (all times are MST): 9a, 11a, 5p
SeaCoast Church, Charleston, SC; 8:30a, 10a, 11:30a, 1p
CoastLife Church, Venice, FL; 9a, 11a, 7p
Hillsong Church, NYC; 9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p
Radiant Church, Kalamazoo, MI; 9a, 11a
April 5-Palm Sunday
12The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:
“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt.”(John 12:12-15)
This is the first time we have studied the scripture regarding the events that led to the first Easter. I saved it for this week, and was extremely excited that these specific days fell during our study of the Book of John. John dedicated half of his Gospel to describing the events of Holy week and it all began here on Palm Sunday as Jesus entered Jerusalem, greeted by a crowd who praised His appearance, shouting ‘Hosanna’ which means ‘save’ in Hebrew. Jesus rode into Jerusalem like a humble king, no longer pulling the crowd away from the Holy City. Palm Sunday marked the day Jesus knew was His last triumphant return to the beloved city before He would have to suffer unimaginable pain and suffering at the hands of the very people who cheered His entry.
How fickle the Jewish crowds in Jerusalem were in that day?! On Palm Sunday they celebrated the appearance of Jesus, and despite Jesus performing even more miracles during the next few days, by Friday, the same crowd was shouting at Pilate, “Crucify! Crucify!” From “Hosanna” to “Crucify,” in just five days. I often wonder how so many could turn away from Jesus so quickly. Then I see where we have come the last 2000 years. If you are not shouting “Hosanna” for our King, you are shouting “Crucify.” There is really no inbetween. What crowd are you standing in?
Continue to pray for God to use this pandemic to open the eyes of the world and bring everyone’s focus back to God and allow them to fix their eyes on Jesus. Maudy Thursday, four days from today, will be the day COVID stops spreading and Good Friday will see the first day of recovery. And Easter Sunday will be the day of resurrection for this country. Pray this prayer with me every day.
Reading plan: John 4:1-26
Deeper reading plan: 1 Kings 12, 13, 14
Prayer and meditation: Pray a prayer of praise and thanksgiving for this week in Jesus’ life as He began His world changing mission to save our souls. Pray for all medical personnel around the world, that God wraps them in heavenly protection to keep them healthy and keep their families protected. Pray for protection for your loved ones and that God will continue to keep them safe and healthy. Pray for all those personally affected by COVID-19.
Fitness challenge: Rest
Worship/praise: today is Palm Sunday. In the story of Jesus, this is the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem just before the Passover festival. He was met with a crowd that lined the road with palm branches. A carpet of palms for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Today marks the start of Holy Week. Online church services will be powerful today. Pick a few from the lists above. Stack your morning with praise and great lessons from some of America’s greatest speakers of the Word.