Palm Sunday

These reflections for Holy Week are based on an idea by Revs Dave and Jo Hover, from St Andrews Church, Leicester Forest East. They are designed to help you engage with the events of the final week of Jesus’ life, through the point of view of some of the eye – witnesses who were there.

As you read them, take time to reflect and pray that God will make these events real to you and will speak to you through them.

 

Palm Sunday 28th March

Pray that God will speak to you through his Word

Reading – Mark 11:1-11

11 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, “Why are you doing this?” say, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.”’

They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, ‘What are you doing, untying that colt?’ They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,

‘Hosanna![a]

‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’[b]

10 ‘Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!’

‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!’

11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

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Reflection

Everyone was rushing to the main street, the air was full of excitement and anticipation, “He’s coming!” they shouted, “Jesus is coming to Jerusalem, quick! He’s on his way! And you’ll never believe it, he’s riding a donkey!”

That took me by surprise. Riding a donkey? A great man like him, riding a donkey? I rushed along with the crowd to see. I hoped he’d see me too, but I’m quite short and there was a big a crowd gathering. Ooh! It was noisy! Children laughing and playing, excited conversation. How could I get him to notice me? There was a palm tree nearby so I pulled off a branch so he could see me waving at him.

I held the branch up high and started waving it, the people around me began to do the same, it wasn’t long before we could see the donkey coming. We could hear it clip clopping along, as he got closer the crowds started to cheer. It was deafening! There were loads of people following him! More people were pulling palm branches off the trees and waving them, then they were laying them on the road like a carpet for the donkey to walk on. I’d never seen anything like it, it was amazing!

I was glad he was on a donkey because I could see him, he was sitting tall. “Look at me, look at me,” I thought. And then he did! He was looking all around him at the people cheering and shouting and singing. “Hosanna! hosanna!” they shouted, then he looked right at me. Right into my eyes! It was only just a second or two but it felt like ages. He looked deep into my soul. I felt really happy and really sad, all at the same time. I felt like he looked into my heart and saw everything and knew everything about me that there was to know. In that moment, it was like he knew me and loved me, and I knew him and loved him.

I’ll never forget that look and I’ll never forget that day, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem like a king, but humble and riding on a donkey. And I’ll certainly never forget what happened to him.

 

Take a moment or two to picture the scene, imagine you are in the crowd, what strikes you about Jesus as he rides into Jerusalem? How do you feel?

 

Read the Bible passage again, asking God to speak to you.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you for coming to this earth, for leaving the glory of heaven and humbling yourself in becoming human. As we picture the excitement of the crowds that day when you rode into Jerusalem, may we be filled with that same excitement and desire to be with you, to see you. Give us the courage to follow you and to proclaim you as Lord and King. To tell those around us that you are coming, that you will be back. Give us confidence in sharing the fact that you died on the cross for our salvation, we pray. Thank you Jesus. Amen,