SUNDAY 9TH APRIL 2017 READ – Day: Phil 4; Night: Deut 10-11
(PALM SUNDAY, PASSION SUNDAY, TRIUMPHAL ENTRY)
THEME: HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST
TEXT: MATTHEW 21:1-10
HYMN: EMHB 192 – Ride on, ride on in Majesty!
“Hosanna in the Highest” was the song on the day Jesus rode to Jerusalem. It was an excited multitude that fulfilled the scripture by giving all they could-their presence, a well-dressed colt, clothes, branches from the trees and voices- shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the Highest”. ‘Hosanna’, in Aramaic the language of Jews after the Babylonian captivity, means “save” or save now.
Most interesting is the fact that they caused a stir in Jerusalem. ‘And when He was come into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, Who is this?’ The pomp and pageantry was most befitting of a king. That was why they asked ‘Who is this? The Bible records. I am proud of them for doing this for my Lord. This humbles me and should humble you, too. How much have you done for the Lord? Imagine that some people cannot even sing, dance and shout Hallelujah in church. Yet they dance to and sing worldly music at parties and in club houses. How unfair! Jesus, our Lord, deserves more than we give Him.
May this Palm Sunday be the beginning of our resolve to cause a stir anywhere people are by celebrating Jesus without caring how spectators would feel about their action. Amen
MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 21:9: And the multitudes that went before him, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, the Redeemer of mankind, as You ride on majestically in my life, `let the shouts of ‘Hallelyah’ follow all my endeavour in this world, Amen