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March 16, 2016, 3:32 PM

March 17, 2016

29When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’” 32So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34They said, “The Lord needs it.” 35Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. 37As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, 38saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!”                           Luke 19

This Sunday we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. People waved palm branches (John 12:13) and some threw their cloaks on the road as a way to honor Jesus as he rode by on a young colt. In our world we roll out the red carpet to honor dignitaries and movie stars.  Cameras flash as the paparazzi shout questions and try to get the attention of the lucky few who walk the red carpet. 

I imagine laying your cloak in the road for a colt to walk on was no small gesture. People didn’t have a closet full of clothing like we do today.  Those who owned a single cloak were probably considered fortunate, so the idea of spreading it on the ground to create a path was an extravagant action.  Those that didn’t have cloaks used palm branches.  The point of the action was to honor Jesus as their king. As Jesus rode along, the people shouted “Hosanna! Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!"  

It didn’t take long for the crowd to turn on Jesus.  After only a few days the shouts of hosanna quickly turned into shouts to have him crucified.  We have a tendency to shy away from this part of the story.  We’d rather skip that bad stuff and move from the “Hosannas” of Palm Sunday to the Easter Sunday shouts that “Christ is risen!”   As tempting as it is, we must travel through the shadow of the cross on Friday in order to find the empty tomb on Easter Sunday morning.

What extravagant action will you take this week to acknowledge Jesus as your Lord and Savior?  Will you be vulnerable and share with another person what following Christ means to you?  Will you open yourself to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit?  Will you make time to be God’s hands in feet in the world?

May we be as extravagant in our discipleship as the people were that day on the road into Jerusalem. 

Prayerfully yours,


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