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29 March 2015

Read today’s Gospel Reading: Mark 11.1-11 

Jesus knew that as he rode into Jerusalem he was taking a double risk.  He chose to ride on a donkey, thereby announcing his intention of coming in peace, rather than as a warrior to make war.  Symbolically, Jesus was saying “I come as your King in love and peace.  Will you take me as your King?  But a King who is gentle and loving”.

In choosing to do this, he risked rejection and death.  The cheering crowds were soon to change their cry of ‘Hosanna!’ (Lord save us NOW!) and shout instead, ‘Crucify Him!’  You can sense the changing emotions, from the journey into Jerusalem with the cheering crowds, to Jesus weeping over the city, to the anger at the money-changers in the Temple courtyard. 

The message for Palm Sunday is clearly this: Rejoice, rejoice people of God’s City of Peace; people of the Land!  Shout for joy and praise! Look, your King is coming to you.  He comes triumphant and victorious, but humble and riding on a donkey.  Your King will make peace among the nations – Your King will set people free.  Your King will come with blessings to all who have suffered.  Shout for Joy! 

And so in our hearts we are invited to say: “Come Lord Jesus.  We welcome you as our King’.  ‘Come Lord Jesus.  We welcome you as our King’.  Come and be at the centre of our living, thinking and planning.

Are you ready to welcome Jesus Christ to be King of your life, your home, your past, your present, your future?  Are you willing to make him the centre of your living, the centre of your thinking, the centre of all your plans? Let us welcome him today.

 Today’s Gospel Reading: Mark 11.1-11 

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, “Why are you doing this?” just say this, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.” ’ They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, ‘What are you doing, untying the colt?’ They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,

‘Hosanna!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!

Hosanna in the highest heaven!’

Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.