Palm Sunday: Give Thanks to the Lord

 
Rev. Dave Middlebrook

9th April, 2017 ()

Bible Text: Psalm 118:1-2, 9-29; Matthew 21:1-11 |

We have seen increasing number of terror attacks since 9/11, with Stockholm this week and Westminster just a couple of weeks ago. Such attacks shake us to the core. Within such horrific occurrences we also incredible acts of bravery and heroism. As many understandably flee from the gun shots and the horror, others run straight towards it - the police, security forces, and some civilians. The actions of MP Tobias Ellwood, with blood stained trying to save PC Keith Palmer, at Westminster, is one such example. Maybe this image of someone who shared in the agony of humanity, with blood stained face, and the marks of suffering, rushing headlong in towards danger, to save humanity, gives us an insight into Christ's action on Palm Sunday. While the crowds had pictures in their minds, from readings such as Psalm 118, of the conquering general coming to ave, Jesus knew his actions on Palm Sunday, when he made a public declaration of who he was, would lead to his death. Palm Sunday reminds us:
a) of God's plan for redemption of the whole world, and you and me
b) that Chris is our king and ruler of all that we are and do
c) that we're asked to receive him with humble enthusiasm
As we move towards Easter, as Christ accelerated the forthcoming events with Palm Sunday, may we echo the words of Psalm 118: "Give thanks to Jesus Christ, for he is good, his love endures forever ... the one rejected by many has become my Saviour. The Lord has done this, and it is marvellous in my eyes".

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