Sunday, March 29, 2015

Riding On to Die

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her.  Untie them and bring them to me.  If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.”  This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

    “Say to the daughter of Zion,
    ‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
        humble, and mounted on a donkey,
        on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them.  They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them.  Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”  (Matt 21:1-9)

Now You have glory and the people in your hands, O Lord.  They sing hosannas and cling to your words.  They strew palm branches before You.  They welcome You as King—greater than Caesar—riding on a beast of peace.  This holy week is different.  This holy week leads to Your end.  “In lowly pomp, ride on to die.”  Flesh is fickle, slow to believe.  Many in the crowds will cry “Crucify Him, crucify Him” at week’s end.  You are our humble King, who goes to the cross to die in our place.  Baptized we too have died to sin, once for all.

Keep us, O Lord, in your death and resurrection, that we might be found faithful in the day of judgment.  Amen.

Around the Word Devotions, Mar 29, 2015

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