Reeson’s Ramblings :: April 9, 2017
On Palm Sunday the people rejoice and welcome Jesus into the city of Jerusalem. They want him to be their King. We hear in the scripture, “Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields”.
Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come! Hosanna in the highest!”
These same people a short time later demand that Pilate crucify Jesus. People can be so fickle.
On Palm / Passion Sunday this year, the shorter version of the Passion is being proclaimed by our deacons. I encourage all of the members of our parish to come to the Good Friday Service when the longer version of the Passion is proclaimed in parts.
Remember, there’s no greater love than to lay down your life for another. Even though we are fickle, God still loves us. If you question this, just read about his love and mercy below.
From Colossians: Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
From Ephesians: Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
From Matthew: Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
From 1 Corinthians: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
From Matthew: Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.
From Luke: Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
From John: When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
From Luke: When they came to a place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals – one on his right, the other on his left, Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
From Psalm 136: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love and mercy endures forever.