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PALM SUNDAY

Photo by David Dilbert

Jesus comes to Jerusalem as king

12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.

13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting

“Hosanna!”

“Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the king of Israel!”

14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as is written:

15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see the king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”

John 12:12-15

He was their king, the king of the jews. He has come to lead them

Photography by Alecc Gomes

The crowd was excited; raising the palm branches high in the air. The king was riding a donkey down this road, in their home town. The King!

He has come to set them free, by whatever means it took. He was the chosen one.

But the feelings and thoughts must have been totally different for Jesus. He knew what he came to this holy city to do. As he looked at the people lining the road waving the palm branches for him their king, their Saviour.

He must have felt pity for his followers, pity because he knew what was going to happen to him. He knew the pain he would suffer, the betrayal that had already occured at the hands of one of his disciples. He knew that there was nothing he could or wanted to do to stop it.

As the crowd cheered and roared as Jesus came upon them they were also confused by him appearing on a donkey one of the lowest forms of animals. He should be coming on a chariot riding high shaking his sword high into the air, for that’s what they were told was in the scriptures.

But this was only the first of many things to happen to their king, things that would throw their whole world and everything their faith was based on into total turmoil. In just a few days the world as they knew it would change for ever.

But that was only the beginning!

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