A Moral Procession!

Matthew 21:1-11, Common English Bible

Palm Sunday is significant both to the Jewish and Christian traditions.  For the Jewish tradition it begins the celebration of the Passover and for Christians it begins Holy Week.  However, Christians often miss the opportunity to highlight the Jewishness of this week.  Although we Christians celebrate with the waving of the palms, we must remember that the earliest groups of followers of the Jesus movement were primarily Jews.  It was a movement of morality!

During this time there was the clashing of two processions and two worldviews with competing interests.  There was a procession on the West side with the Romans riding in with chariots of fire symbolizing wealth and imperial powers honoring Pontius Pilate.  And on the East side, there was Jesus, symbolizing justice and peace, riding in on a donkey and colt.  What procession will you find yourself in or what procession do you truly belong?

Go with the procession that…

Directs with clear instructions!
He said to them, “Go into the village over there.  As soon as you enter, you will find a donkey and colt with it.  Untie them and bring them to me.”   Matthew 21:2

Demands truth and justice on earth!
The crowds in front of him and behind him shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!  Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:9

Demonstrates an alternative kingdom!
And when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up.  “Who is this?” they asked.”   Matthew 21:10

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Let’s join the movement of Jesus!”

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