Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Hosanna in the Highest!

Luke 19:28-40 NLT

After telling this story, Jesus went on toward Jerusalem, walking ahead of his disciples. As he came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples ahead.

“Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks, ‘Why are you untying that colt?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”

So they went and found the colt, just as Jesus had said. And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?” And the disciples simply replied, “The Lord needs it.” So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on. As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him. When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen.

“Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the LORD!

Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!”

But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, “Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!” He replied,

“If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”

Reflection . . .

Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. The passage above recounts the event of Jesus entering into Jerusalem the Sunday before His death. Everyone is looking to Him to be the King they were anticipating, expecting to conquer the oppression of the Roman Empire which they had been under. The event described seems full of energy and excitement, anticipation and expectation. All of Jesus’ followers began shouting and singing, giving praise to God for all the great things they had seen Jesus doing in His ministry. It must have been amazing to see such miracles and events. The crowds ran out to see Him and told others about all the things they had seen! Now, on the road from the Mount of Olives to Jerusalem, they are going in procession with the one who they hoped would be their conquering King.

Jesus welcomes their actions and praise, He even has a hand in the preparations of the colt He was to ride on by telling His disciples that the owner would understand the Lord’s need. The final words of Jesus here indicate to us that it is absolutely necessary for Jesus to receive Praise and Honour for what He was to do. Let’s keep in mind as we journey through this week that a large part of our job as created beings is to give God glory, and praise and the only way we are able to give acceptable praise and worship is through Jesus Christ. He is our focus! Let’s really focus in on Him this week as we pay attention to the events surrounding the most important event ever!

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