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Mission or Agenda?

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Jesus Rides Into Jerusalem by George Pedro

“But everyone who lined the streets
had a different reason for waving those palms.
Some were political activists;
they’d heard Jesus had supernatural power,
and they wanted him to use it to free Israel from Roman rule.
Others had loved ones who were sick or dying.
They waved branches, hoping for physical healing.
Some were onlookers merely looking for something to do,
while others were genuine followers
who wished Jesus would establish himself as an earthly king.
Jesus was the only one in the parade
who knew why he was going to Jerusalem – to die.
He had a mission, while everyone else had an agenda.”

Bill Hybels

Will I Welcome Him? Sunday #HolyWeek

Palm Sunday

Now to the gate of my Jerusalem,

The seething holy city of my heart,

The saviour comes. But will I welcome him?

Oh crowds of easy feelings make a start;

They raise their hands, get caught up in the singing,

And think the battle won. Too soon they’ll find

The challenge, the reversal he is bringing

Changes their tune. I know what lies behind

The surface flourish that so quickly fades;

Self-interest, and fearful guardedness,

The hardness of the heart, its barricades,

And at the core, the dreadful emptiness

Of a perverted temple. Jesus come

Break my resistance and make me your home.

-Malcolm Guite


John 12:12-16
The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,

“Hosanna!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the king of Israel!”

Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:

“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt.”

At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.