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INTO JERUSALEM (John 12:12-36)
The next day, word spread that Jesus was going to enter Jerusalem. People poured out of the gates, and those who were with him gathered, waiting to see what would happen. Jesus sat on a young donkey, and began the ride towards the city as people cut palm branches from the trees and went out to meet him on the road. The crowds were bursting with joy – shouting and cheering to see Jesus, at last, coming into Jerusalem. They remembered God’s promises from long ago, and they believed their eyes would see them fulfilled.
“Hosanna – God saves!” they cried. “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” The disciples followed, astonished, and laughing with joy. At last, the kingdom was coming.
But there were those in the city who looked down from shadowy windows, and would not listen to the words of those who had seen Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead. They drew back from the laughing, shining crowds that poured through the open gates in dazzling sunshine. The Pharisees were afraid. They said, “Look, the whole world is following him now!”
Jesus tried to explain that his kingdom was not as his followers expected, and tried to warn them of his death. “You are going to have the light with you for only a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before the darkness overwhelms you. Put your trust in the light.”
The road to Good Friday
May I welcome you as my king:
King of peace,
King of love,
King in death,
King of life.
Put an end to death.
Put an end to grief and crying and pain.
Make all things new.
Lead us to heaven.
From Revelation 21
May the King of Peace bless you with his peace.