This years Palm Sunday we exchanged palm branches with redwood tree branches from the church yard. After all, the people who welcomed Jesus in Jerusalem took what was at hand. Jesus chose to ride on a donkey, a symbol of the Messiah, a symbol of humility and peace.
The disciples welcomed Jesus as the king sent by God. And what a king he is, different from any earthly ruler, Jesus comes to rule with love and grace, and serves us instead of being served.
We are near the end of our forty-day Lenten journey with Jesus, focusing on repentance, renewal, reconciliation, and God’s relationship with us through Jesus Christ, in anticipation of the cross and empty tomb. Holy week, the center of the church’s year, is one of striking contrasts: Jesus rides into Jerusalem surrounded by shouts of glory, […]
Sermon Summary: For Palm Sunday and Sunday of the Passion, we experience the contrast between between the festive welcome of Jesus as he enters Jerusalem and his passion when we recall Jesus’ last last days and his crucifixion, keeping in mind that the passion story of Jesus, along with his resurrection, are the oldest stories […]