FROM THE PASTOR’S HEART
Palm Sunday – Commemorating the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem on a donkey
Jesus knew that he would be departing from the world very soon. He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, in preparation for his trial and suffering in the days ahead. Jesus rode into Jerusalem as King. As recorded in the book of Matthew – This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” (Matthew 21:4-5).
As recorded in the book of Mark – When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Mark 11:7-10).
We give thanks as Jesus has set for us a fine example of facing up to challenges courageously and dedicating himself as a living sacrifice willingly. Jesus has said, “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life – only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” (John 10:17-18).
Dear brothers and sisters, in this Holy Week, let’s take time to reflect on Jesus’ love for us, and also ponder if we would be willing to offer our time and love to others. How do we express our love to others?
Ps Law Poh Ing