Palm Sunday: Celebration with Anticipation
Bible reading: Matthew 21: 8-11 "Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!” When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Christ's Love: The town is all a buzz as I enter Jerusalem. The crowds cry out “Hosanna” which means “Oh Lord, grant us salvation.” They are calling out to Me as their King, yet I am here to serve them. I enter the town riding on a humble donkey, not in a glamorous chariot. I love to see My people welcome Me so graciously into Jerusalem and give Me thanks and praise, but I also know that the tides will soon change, leading to betrayal, suffering, and soon My death on the cross. My feelings are in turmoil right now. I am both excited and overwhelmed by what is in store for me. I know that only through God’s loving grace will I be able to do everything that He has planned for me during this Holy Week.
My precious child, walk with Me through My journey in days to come. I trust fully in the Lord, and I call you to do the same. Have courage, stay close to Me, and allow me to grant you salvation and freedom from the weight of the cross that you bare today.
Just as the town’s people give thanks and praise to the Lord for the many miracles I have performed and the blessings that I have bestowed on them, I ask you to begin our journey together by thinking of all that you have been blessed with. As you focus on what is good in your life instead of what is wrong, your blessings will multiply and your hardships will dwindle. Give thanks and praise to our Father in Heaven who loves to give you glorious gifts. My child, please share your blessings with Me now.
(Quiet time for prayer and reflection)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the multitude of blessings in my life. You are a kind, loving, and compassionate God, and for that I thank you. Help me to keep my eyes focused on you Lord, praising you and thanking you in all I do. Amen
From The Holy Week Meditation: Inspired by the Passion and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Written by Amy Connelly
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