Devotion for Monday, March 26

Brooke Eikenberry Lent 2012

Monday, March 26

Mark 11:8-11

Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting:  ‘Hosanna!  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! . . . ’

Behold the Lamb of God.

It is the week of the Passover celebration.  On the 10th day of the month of Nisan the sacrificial lamb for the celebration is chosen.  This is is this day that Jesus makes his entrance into Jerusalem.  It seems likely that Jesus must have thought of himself as that sacrifice.  The slaughter of the Passover lambs would not take place until Nisan 14, Friday, the day that Jesus was crucified.

The crowds of Passover pilgrims in the streets cheered Jesus — garments were torn off and thrown in his path along with palm branches.  Who did the people see? A champion — a leader — a king — to bring justice into their everyday lives.

The religious establishment saw yet a different Jesus, a threat to their power.  A prophet who taught that love was greater than the law.

And Rome saw a trouble-making rabble-rouser who threatened order and control.

And whom do we see?  Teacher?  Friend? God incarnate?  The way, the truth, the light?

“We would see Jesus . . . divine and human, in his deep revealing of God made flesh . . . we are thine, we give ourselves to thee.”  (J Edgar Park 1913)

-Submitted by Michael Herzog

GPS Questions:

How was Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem a harbinger of the coming kingdom of David? As we now perceive that kingdom, how did it represent a departure of David’s kingdom?

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