Palm Sunday 2016

Palm Sunday

Luke 19:28-40 (JB Phillips Translation)

29-31 Then as he was approaching Bethphage and Bethany, near the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent off two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the village just ahead of you, and there you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet ridden. Untie it and bring it here. And if anybody asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say, ‘the Lord needs it.’”

32-38 So the messengers went off and found things just as he had told them. In fact, as they were untying the colt, the owners did say, “Why are you untying it?” and they replied, “The Lord needs it.” So they brought it to Jesus and, throwing their cloaks upon it, mounted Jesus on its back. Then as he rode along, people spread out their coats on the roadway. And as he approached the city, where the road slopes down from the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of his disciples shouted praises to God for all the marvellous things that they had seen him do. “‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’” they cried. “There is peace in Heaven and glory on high!”

39 There were some Pharisees in the crowd who said to Jesus, “Master, restrain your disciples!”

40 To which he replied, “I tell you that if they kept quiet, the very stones in the road would burst out cheering!”

This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. It tells of Jesus riding on a donkey’s colt. Back in Bible days, if a person was declaring war, he rode in on a horse. However, Jesus rode in on a donkey as if to say, “I am a man of peace.” 

I have to wonder, what did Mary think of this? Mary, Jesus’ mother. The Bible is silent on her location from this point till Christ’s crucifixion. Now, we know she was in Jerusalem during Jesus’ trial, so I believe she was there in the crowd, as Good Friday was fast approaching.  

Now, I am just using my imagination, but I do wonder. This was the Baby Jesus she carried for nine months and probably endured ridicule as she pregnant and unmarried. She was also the one who asked Jesus to perform His first miracle. 

Now, she is watching Him ride into Jerusalem with twelve disciples at his side. People are laying palm branches in his donkey’s path and shouting, “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” I would like to believe that in that moment, she was proud to be Jesus’ mother. Here was a man who would save the whole world. He would save her. 

Yes, I think that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was proud of him. 

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