28 March - Jesus the Lord: Humble and riding a donkey.

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28 March, 2021

Jesus's entry into Jerusalem is recorded in all four gospels and marks the beginning of Easter week.  


READ: Mark 11:1-11 

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’” They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. 


Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, 

“Hosanna! 

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! 

Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! 

Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 

Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.  


 DISCUSS 

  1. How has your week been?  
  2. How have you seen God at work in your life this week? 
  3. Read the passage again.  
  4. What does this passage tell us about Jesus? 
  5. What does this passage tell us about the Father? 
  6. What does it tell us about our relationship with Him? 
  7. What is challenging in this passage? 
  8. Is there anything else the passage is saying to me? 
  9. What am I going to do about it? 
  10.  Who am I going to share it with? 
  11.  Be prepared to share back next week. 


PRAY 

Let us pray 


Lord Jesus Christ, we praise you with heart and life and voice, not only with outward signs such as palm branches or the occasional “Hosanna”, but with lives truly turned towards you. It seems such a distance from this Palm Sunday in Australia to that day when you entered Jerusalem with the shouts of the crowd ringing in your ears. Welcomed as a king, yet riding on a lowly donkey. Greeted with cheers and acclamations that were so soon to turn to jeers and condemnation. From this side of the resurrection, we confidently believe that we could never have been part of the jeering crowd - but would we, if we had been there? 

silent reflection  

Lord Jesus Christ, when our words and actions reflect a reluctance to confess you publicly as Lord of our lives: 

   Forgive us. 

When we fear that humbling ourselves, would be seen by others as weakness, some kind of defect in our character: 

    Forgive us.                 

When we have betrayed your love for us through our lack of love for you, for others, and for ourselves: 

    Forgive us.                 

When we find ourselves glossing over the events of your passion and death because we look forward to Easter as a time to enjoy holidays and have fun. 

   Forgive us.                  

 Lord Jesus Christ, fix your mind in us;  

   remake us in your likeness; 

empty us of all that hinders us from following you to where pain and suffering, exploitation and injustice exist. 

Gracious and loving God, empower us with the Holy Spirit so that our lives continually glorify you and 

   our tongues forever confess Jesus as Lord.  

This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen  




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