From Ben – 14 April 2019

This is a very special Sunday in the church calendar, and no doubt churches across the country will have children involved in singing or carrying branches with green leaves into church. This Sunday is traditionally called “Palm Sunday” and is the Sunday before Easter where we remember that Jesus entered Jerusalem amidst the shouts and praise of the people.

It is estimated that upwards of 2 million people lined the streets of Jerusalem to welcome pilgrims to the Passover. As Jesus entered, lowly and riding on a donkey, the people pulled down palm branches to cover the road and even threw down their outer garments, shouting and singing “Hosanna to the Son of David.”

The sad reality is that same crowd, only a few days later, called out for Him to be crucified. You may ask what brought about this radical change of mind? For one thing they wanted a political solution to the problem of the Roman rule, but Jesus offered only a solution to their sin, so they rejected Him. They wanted a saviour on their terms to benefit their agenda.

Let us be careful as we prepare for Easter this year, that we accept Christ on His terms as the saviour for our sin, and do not try to get Him to meet our prescribed agenda. Let’s worship Him as our saviour from sin.

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