JESUS COMES TO JERUSALEM

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As Jesus ascended toward Jerusalem, a large multitude gathered around Him. This crowd understood Jesus was the Messiah; what they did not understand was it was not time to set up kingdom yet although Jesus had tried to tell them so in Luke 19:11–12. The crowd’s actions along the road give rise to name “Palm Sunday.” A large crowd spread cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road” (Matthew 21:8). In strewing their cloaks on the road, people were giving Jesus the royal treatmen King Jehu was given similar honor at his coronation (2 Kings 9:13). John records the detail that the branches they cut were from palm trees (John 12:13). On first Palm Sunday, the people honoured Jesus verbally: “The crowds went ahead of him and those followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ Blessed is He who comes  in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in highest heaven! in Matthew 21:9. In praise of Jesus, the Jewish crowds quote Psalm 118:25–26, an acknowledgment of prophecy of Christ to a Messianic psalm drew resentment from religious leaders present: “Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples! in Luke 19:39. Jesus saw no need to rebuke them but said “I tell you if they keep quiet the stones will cry out in Luke 19:40. 450 to 500 years prior to Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, prophet Zechariah had prophesied the event we now call Palm Sunday: “Rejoice greatly, Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughters of Jerusalem!  See, your king comes to you, righteous, victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey colt, the foal of a donkey” in Zechariah 9:9. Prophecy was fulfilled indeed so time of rejoicing, as Jerusalem welcomed their King. Unfortunately, the celebration was not to last. The crowds looked for a Messiah who would rescue politically and free them nationally, but Jesus had come to save them spiritually. Yet mankind’s primary need is spiritual, not political, cultural national salvation.
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Even as the coatless multitudes waved the palm branches and shouted for joy, they missed the true reason for Jesus’ presence. They could neither see nor understand the cross. That’s why, “as [Jesus] approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you in Luke 19:41–47. It is a tragic the Saviour was not recognized by all Him for who He is. The crowds crying out “ Hosanna” on Palm Sunday cried out Crucify Him! later same week in Matthew 27:22–23. There is coming a day that every knee will bow and every tongue confess Jesus Christ is Lord to the Glory of God the FATHER according to Philippians 2:10–11). All worship will be real as John records scene in heaven of eternal celebration of the risen Lord: “There before me was a great multitude no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes, were holding palm branches in their hands” in Revelation 7:9-10. These palm-bearing saints shout, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on Throne and the Lamb” and who can measure sum of their joy?Domingo-de-Ramos.jpg

What is the Passion Holy Week?”

Answer: Passion Week known as Holy Week is the time from Palm Sunday through to Easter Sunday Resurrection Sunday. Passion Week or Holy Monday HOLY Tuesday called Spy Wednesfield, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and HOLY Saturday. Passion Week is named because of the passion with which Jesus willingly went to the cross to pay for the sins of people. Passion Week described in Matthew chapters 21-27; Mark 11-15; Luke 19-23; and John 12-19. So Passion Week begins triumphal entry on Palm Sunday on back of a colt as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9. Passion Week contains several memorable events Jesus warned about including destruction of temple, desolation sacrilege, great tribulation rapture, His Second Coming to the earth to rule after the Armageddon war. IMG-20170326-WA0000Jesus cleans Temple for second time in Luke 19:45-46, disputed with Pharisees regarding His Authority. He gave Olivet Discourse on endtimes and taught many things of the signs of His second coming. Jesus ate His Last Supper with His disciples in the upper room in Luke 22:7-38, then went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray as He waited for His hour to come. It was here that Jesus, betrayed by Judas, was arrested and taken to several fake trials before chief priests, Pontius Pilate, and Herod Luke 22:54-23:25. After trumped trials, Jesus was scourged by the Roman soldiers, forced to carry His Cross on the streets of Jerusalem along Via Dolorosa or way of sorrows. Jesus was then crucified at Golgotha on the day before Sabbath, was buried and remained in the tomb until Sunday, the day after the Sabbath, and then gloriously resurrected. Passion Week time of Jesus Christ truly revealed His passion for suffering as He willingly went through on our behalf. Important humble attitude honours Passion Week. We should be passionate in our worship of Jesus in proclamation of His Gospel! Jesus suffered for us willing to suffer to shed His Blood for salvation of mankind cause of following Him and proclaiming message of His death and resurrection. During Palm Sunday Mass, palms are distributed to parishioners who carry them in a ritual procession into church. The palms are blessed with holy water. People are given small crosses made of palms taken home with them. Later these are burnt to create the ashes that are put on people’s heads on an Ash Wednesday before Lent starts following year.  If palm trees not grown, flowers or olive branches are used instead. The KING of Kings Jesus loves all people so gave His life and shed His Blood for all.e7cd4d0f0f2c3fdc8f983430ec80993f

Dear LORD God Almighty, what a great comfort it is to know You are Sovereign so You are in charge of all that is going on in a world that seems to be getting increasingly evil and cruel. Thank You Father God that You Know the end from the beginning and nothing taking place in life takes You by surprise. What great Comfort to know that You will take each problem and use to carry forward Your Eternal plans and purposes. Thank You for sending Holy Spirit our Comforter and Guide through all the difficult and trying times of our lives. Father God do send comfort and help those struggling in this world of strife. Calm the fearful, protect those that are weak, provide for those in need, heal those who are sick and bring all who do not know You into knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord our great Mediator and Comforter in Whose Name we pray. We pray to give comfort, companionship and counsel to all lonely and lost little lambs who need strength of their good and faithful Shepherd. So we continue to pray to uphold, teach Strength Your Comfort and Strength, Grace and Love, in Jesus name we pray. Thank you God as we come Boldly into your Presence in these times of need to receive Your Mercy and Grace. Amen. LORD God Almighty according to your word in Matthew 5:9, we are“Blessed as the peacemakers for we shall be called the sons of and daughters of God. Bible in 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 says that Love is patient, kind; does not envy or boast, is not arrogant or rude, does not insist on its own way, is not irritable or resentful, does not rejoice at wrongdoing, rejoices with truth and kindness because God is LOVE. God so Loves you Jesus is sent to save, heal, deliver, give you eternal life.


Triumphant Entry Song:

Ride on, ride on, in majesty!
Hark! all the tribes Hosanna cry;
O Savior meek, pursue Thy road
With palms and scattered garments strowed.

Ride on, ride on, in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die!
O Christ! Thy triumph now begin
Over captive death and conquered sin.

Ride on, ride on, in majesty!
The wingèd squadrons of the sky
Look down with sad and wondering eyes
To see the approaching sacrifice.

Ride on, ride on, in majesty!
The last and fiercest strife is nigh!
The Father on His sapphire throne
Expects His own anointed Son.

Ride on, ride on, in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die!
Bow Thy meek head to mortal pain,
Then take, O God! Thy power and reign.

Recommended Resource:The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary Habermas