Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Zion!
See, your King comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
The most bittersweet of all services . . .
The Lord Jesus, riding humbly on a donkey, enters Jerusalem. Is greeted by wildly cheering crowds.
"Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!"
Palms are waved jubilantly, then strewn with cloaks along His path to quell the rising dust from so many feet. Running to meet Him. Walking beside Him. Following behind Him.
Shouting! Laughing! Rejoicing! The people welcome their Redeemer King.
The Messiah. Triumphant. Righteous.
"Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!"
The Light of the World.
The One who will save them.
And, then, when the dust has settled . . .
In the span of just days.
This very same crowd, whipped into a frenzy by the authorities, shift their allegiance.
Turn on the One to whom they had turned.
"Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Crucify Him!"
And, there is beating. Scourging. Mocking. Jeering.
All is lost . . .
We mourn His suffering. We weep for His pain. We die with Him. And, into the tomb, we follow Him.
And, wait for the light to shine once again.
For, unlike His scattered and despairing disciples, we know what they did not:
The joyous outcome.
"Alleluia! He is risen! The Lord is risen, indeed! Alleluia!"
Will you be attending services during Holy Week?
Will you pray with me?
Heavenly Father, You sent Your only Son, Jesus, our Lord, to die for us that we might be reconciled to You once and for all. Let us with humble and reverent hearts reflect upon His suffering and sacrifice as we prepare to celebrate Easter. May we never cease to be thankful for the greatest love ever shown to the world. Amen.
Psalms 24, 29 or 103
Zechariah 9:9:12 (morning)
Zechariah 12:9-11, 13:1, 7-9 (evening)
1 Timothy 6:12-16 (morning)
Luke 19:41-48 (evening)