Holy Week Edition

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Let me start off by apologizing for dropping the ball this past weekend. I forgot to write up daily devotionals for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I promise to strive to do better for all of you! However, we now enter the Holy Week celebration as Christians and I think it’s only appropriate and cliche that I write some devotionals about it. So for the next few days, I would like to walk us through the stations of the cross and take a deeper look at what they mean for us.

Let us start at the beginning of Holy Week. Palm Sunday, the day of triumphant entry for Christ our King into the city! What a day it is for us, and for those that knew that Christ was the messiah walking and living among them. Why don’t we read from that section of Scripture in Matthew 21?

The Triumphal Entry

21 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage,[a] at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”

All[b] this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

“Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[c]

So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him[d] on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’[e]
Hosanna in the highest!”

10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”

11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Matthew 21:1-11 NKJV

How awesome it must have been to see that sight and to hear that praise! Here Jesus is drawing near to Jerusalem knowing what that city would mean for him. Every step taken would have been a heavy one. But first, there would be a party, a time of praise and happiness. The passage says that the crowd laid their clothes on the ground for Jesus and the colt to walk upon. They waved branches in the air and sang praise with everything they had. They cried out HOSANNA!  How many of us would lay down our Sunday best for a donkey to walk upon? Christ said what you do for the least of these you do unto me. Meditate on that for a moment.

The Greek word for hosanna is ὡσαννά (hôsî-âh-nā) the transliteration of the Hebrew meaning “Oh, save now!” or “Please save!” Here Christ hears the people crying out that He has come to save them and they are desperate to be saved. But they were looking for the wrong type of saving that day. They looked for political leadership, military leadership, and someone to be a strong physical leader who would lead Isreal into further glory.

But Christ came to save them from a much more important war and a more sinister enemy that Isreal had ever faced. He fought sin, death and the devil and freed them from that slavery. He saved all of us from that slavery. But still, we sometimes look for God to be our own version of a savior. When in reality He has already become and is the savior we need and will always need no matter what is going on. We should trust and lean on His everlasting arms. Knowing that He is good and only wants good for us at all times. 

Reflect on this today and think on who Jesus is to you and to the World. Share His story this Holy Week with someone who needs peace, joy, and love.

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