Sunday, April 17, 2011

Day 40: Palm Sunday - Matt. 21

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
“Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

When I was young, the story of Palm Sunday intrigued me. How, I wondered, could all those people treat Jesus like a king one day, and in short order, turn their backs on him? How could they think he was worthy of such praise and rejoicing, and then throw him out like yesterday’s garbage?

As I matured and experienced more of life, I realized that people’s ideas and beliefs can change over time and different circumstances can alter one’s view of the world. How many of us have liked a style of clothes, a television show, or a friend for a while, and then tired of it? The Palm Sunday crowd was sincere in their praise, I believe, but showed the fickleness of human nature. What seemed like a sure thing on Sunday seemed rather futile to them only a few days later.

We can draw much comfort and strength, however, from the knowledge that God is not like the Palm Sunday crowd. He does not change. He is the same today as he always has been. His love for us will not be outgrown, outlived, or outsourced. He will never tire of us, get bored with us, or toss us aside for someone or something more interesting. He will always be there for us no matter what our circumstances or where our journey through life takes us.
-Tammy Dahling

Lord, Thank you for being the one true constant in our lives. May we strive to be as faithful to you as you are to us so that we can someday join in the song:
"Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!"

Schnorr von Carolsfeld woodcuts © WELS used by permission for private and congregational use
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved

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