Yesterday was Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. We began worship as most churches do on Palm Sunday…with a procession of palm branches. At DAPC we added a new twist; along with the branches we also paraded to the front of the church food items and money for a local food shelf. What better way to honor Jesus than to give help to the needy?
I mentioned in my sermon another twist…this Jesus who came riding into Jerusalem on a beast of burden became our beast of burden. That is, this Holy Week he carries us and our sins. He needed a strong back, not just to carry us, but also to carry a cross.
I also mentioned in my sermon that there is something about Jesus that can make even a rock want to shout. Remember how the religious leaders tried to refrain the crowd from shouting their halleluiahs? How these leaders tried to shush the noise of glee? And Jesus said that the rocks would shout if you silenced the tongues? Those who want to keep a lid on things, and have a stake in the status quo, always try to keep things quiet. Jesus was a threat to the establishment. You know the rest of the story.
On Palm Sunday, as the new king intrudes among us and challenges our settled arrangements, here’s what I hear the rocks saying, “Get off the curb and follow him! Join the throng of those who through the ages have looked at this carpenter’s son and bounced with him on the back of a donkey into Jerusalem. Uncork your passion! Shout your hosannas! Strut and sing, for Jesus has made us royalty in his court!”
Like I said, when Jesus comes to town, we speak up. We testify. We witness. No biting our tongues at this time of year!!
Remember…Maundy Thursday worship at 6:30 p.m. Easter at 10:00 a.m.
Holy Weekingly yours, Pastor Gary