Sunday, April 5, 2009

Palm Sunday

Today's readings: Zechariah 9:9-12, Philippians 2:5-11, and John 12:12-19 (sermon text - compare the parallel passage in Luke 19).

How are we to strike a balance? During Lent, things may feel off balance, but today - Palm Sunday, green amid black - is balanced. Balance the sorrow of Lent with the joy of Christ's presence. The people in the Jerusalem crowd must have felt this way - Jesus, as He rode in, finally allowed the multitude to embrace Him. It was finally time to celebrate, something greater than David bringing the ark into Jerusalem: God Himself entering!

The Pharisees tried to quiet the children, but if they had, the stones would have had to rejoice - there existed an urgent need to do so. Ironically, Jesus was rejoicing on the way to His death and burial. Yet He chose not to squelch the crowd with what He knew would happen. What remarkable kindness!

Lessons: (1) Jesus allows and tells us to celebrate, balancing future days of darkness with present times of joy. (2) Celebrate the moments He gives you, each miniature Palm Sunday. (3) Let difficult times find you, not the other way around. (4) Don't, however, let celebration insulate you from tough times ahead. (What would have happened to Thursday and Friday if that had been the case?) Celebrate today, this moment. Continue through the darkness of this weekend to the Balance.

Maundy Thursday's and the following services may end up being posted all on Easter Monday, depending on my schedule.

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