Phil’s Points to Ponder for April 9, 2017

The story of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem appears in all four of the Gospels. We will follow Matthew 21:1-11. It was Sunday morning and Jesus and his disciples started out from Bethany, which was located on the eastern slopes of the Mount of Olives. Their destination was Jerusalem. Doubtless, the disciples had no comprehension of what the coming week would bring, the reception they would receive in the Holy City, the adoration aimed at their Master, the subsequent rejection, the persecution, the mockery of a trial to which their Master would be subjected, the crucifixion and his subsequent resurrection. It was truly the week that changed history. Yet it started out so routinely.
They were making their way to Jerusalem when they came to a place named Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two disciples on ahead, saying to them, “Go into the village over there. As soon as you enter, you will find a donkey tied up, and a colt with it. Untie them and bring them to me. If anybody says anything to you, say that the Lord needs it.” Matthew comments, “ Now this happened to fulfill what the prophet said: ‘Say to Daughter Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the donkey’s offspring.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them. The rest, as they say, is history.

Speaking of history, at least one scholar suggests that there were two parades that day – one involving a humble rabbi, and the other, an arrogant, power hungry political appointee. The contrast between the two parades and the two men couldn’t have been more stark!

As we begin Holy Week together, I want us to clearly see the difference between God’s way, and the world’s way. I want us to make an informed choice regarding the way we will follow. With whom will we identify?

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