Lent 6 Palmarum Meditation

Rev. Mason T. Beecroft, 03/28/2010

Today is Palm Sunday and so we just celebrated Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. On that first Palm Sunday, the crowds had greeted Jesus with hope. They waved their palms at Him, an act symbolic of their hope for a national deliverer. They even offered praises reserved for the Messiah: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” The people were looking for a King, a deliverer, a man of stature that would rescue them from their enemies by the might of the sword. God, however, had different plans. The prophet Zechariah (9:9-10) revealed the sort of King that God would provide: “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations.” God’s plan included a King not on a chariot, but a donkey.

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