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HOLY WEEK // Palm Sunday




As we reflect on Palm Sunday, we're drawn into the captivating scene of Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Picture the great crowd, filled with anticipation and excitement, as they hear the news of Jesus' arrival. They rush out to meet him, waving palm branches and shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"

But amidst the jubilation, let's ponder a profound question: How did this great crowd recognise Jesus as the Messiah? In a world longing for a powerful king to overthrow Roman oppression, Jesus, a humble carpenter, didn't fit the expected mould. Yet, they knew. How?

Jesus didn't flaunt his divine credentials or assert his authority with pomp and grandeur. Instead, he embraced humility, identifying himself as "the Son of Man." This phrase echoes the prophetic vision in Daniel 7, revealing Jesus' divine identity while emphasising his humanity. He didn't come as a distant ruler on a throne; he came as one of us, fully human, to bridge the gap between heaven and earth. A truth that spoke to the hearts of those who encountered him.

In a culture obsessed with titles and status, Jesus shattered expectations. He didn't seek earthly acclaim or political power. Instead, he embraced the role of servant, declaring his mission to relate to us on a deeply personal level.

When we recognise who Jesus really is, it stirs something deep within us. It causes us to physically respond, to lay down our pride and surrender. And it's there, in that place of surrender, that Jesus meets us.

Today, let's not overlook the humility of our Saviour. Jesus didn't come to impress with earthly glory; he came to rescue and restore humanity. His message of love and redemption shook the religious establishment and transformed lives.

So, as we journey through Holy Week, may we be reminded of the unexpected nature of Jesus. Let's embrace his humility and radical love, allowing it to reshape our lives and draw us closer to him.

And now, may the peace of Christ, who humbly walked among us, fill your hearts and minds as you reflect on his boundless grace. May you experience the joy of Palm Sunday, knowing that the same Saviour who entered Jerusalem triumphantly is with you today.

Amen.

Verses

“The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”…

‭‭John‬ ‭12‬:‭12‬-‭13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

““In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”

‭‭Daniel‬ ‭7‬:‭13‬-‭14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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