October 22, 2017

Palm Sunday 2012

Entry into Jerusalem, Giotto di Bondone

John 12:12-16

The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord– the King of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it is written: “Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written of him and had been done to him.

During Holy Week, we are running a special post each day here at Internet Monk. We glean one word or phrase for contemplation from the Gospel passage for the day, and hear a devotional thought from one of my favorite old books by Dr. John Killinger. The copy I have is called Devotional Thoughts on the Gospels but it was republished as Day by Day With Jesus: 365 Meditations on the Gospels.

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Today’s word is CHANGEABLE. You and I are changeable creatures. One moment our trust is strong, our assurance firm. The next moment we wallow in doubt and fear. With strong motivation, we determine to take a course of action, only to find ourselves moving in the opposite direction. Discipline becomes drift. With best intentions we make promises and commitments but fall short in following through.

We believe, help our unbelief. Simul justus et peccator.

John Killinger observes:

Reflecting on Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, John realized that many of those who cried “Hosanna!” were also in the crowd that shouted “Crucify him!” They went out to greet Jesus, not because they understood him to be the Son of God, but because they heard he was a miracle-worker. Crowds often follow a good show. The Pharisees despaired, however, when they saw the crowds. “Look,” they said, “the whole world has gone after him” (v. 19). John saw the irony of this. Jesus’ real hour of glory would be when he was lifted high up on a cross and the crowds had fallen away — not now, when they were running to greet him.

Prayer for Palm Sunday:

Father in heaven, on this day I acknowledge your Son Jesus as King of creation and King of my life.

Even as I say those words, however, there is much within me that resists his rule. When I am with the crowds, participating in exuberant worship, I find it easy to sing along. I thrill with delight in the color and pageantry. However, when push comes to shove, I want my own way not yours. I do not trust you with a whole heart. I lean on my own understanding. I fail to acknowledge you in all my ways. My paths are not straight. One moment I lift a branch and call you King; the next I forsake you, hanging on a tree.

Forgive me, renew me, and lead me, that in this holiest of weeks I may delight in your will and walk in your ways. Amen.

Comments

  1. I’ll take my palm home today as a symbol of my frail nature and a reminder that I was one of the people in Jerusalem that day and continue to be. It will simultaneously be a symbol of worship. The two thoughts blend well as the lesser worships the greater; the scoundrel, the King.

  2. Prodigal Daughter says:

    Amen.

  3. Good post, Chaplain Mike.

    And good comments.

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    Here’s a pretty good 1 Minute Devotional on the same topic:

    http://1minutedailyword.com/2012/04/01/matthew-219/

  4. that is a very nice, very short, and very warm devotional. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Biggus D. says:

    CRUCIFY HIM !!!!

    (Burning at the stake would also be acceptable.)

    We have to send a message to religious extremists that we will not tolerate terrorist violence against our financial institutions.

    Who’s with me? Who’s loyal to CAESAR ?!!!

    (God I love how reinacting the church year just draws you in.)

  6. May we grow in grace and knowledge of Him as we gather this Holy Week to celebrate Christ’s death for us and his resurrection.

    The old saw about the crowds bears some closer thought and reflection. On Palm Sunday:

    http://textsincontext.wordpress.com/