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Reflecting on Jesus’ Arrival

During one of my trips to Africa, one of the well-known Kenyan political leaders came to town. There were people for as far as the eye could see. Celebrants had clearly come from all around the area to welcome the dignitary. As the motorcade drove through the town, people were shouting and waving palm branches. Their proclamations were exuberant. As you can imagine, my mind immediately went to the events of Palm Sunday. I felt like I had a small glimpse of what it might have looked like on that joyous day.

The jubilant events of the triumphal entry were quickly followed by moments of intense emotion for Jesus and His followers. During this week, Jesus cleared the temple of the money changers. Judas agreed to betray Jesus. Jesus then observed Passover with His disciples as they shared their final meal together. Providing a model for serving others, Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. He later went with His disciples to the garden of Gethsemane to pray. After Jesus’ arrest, Peter denied knowing Him. Jesus was put on trial and crucified. These tragic events of holy week came to a climax as Jesus defeated death and bought our salvation. A great deal can happen in one week!

I would encourage you to read and meditate upon the scriptures related to Christ’s final days as Easter approaches. Here are some scriptures you might start with:
    Thursday – Matthew 26:17–75
    Friday – Matthew 27:1-62
    Saturday – John 19:39-40,  Matthew 27:62-66
    Sunday – Matthew 28:1-13

Let us rejoice in the reality that, although the triumphal entry was followed by dark days, God brought about the most miraculous day in Jesus’ resurrection! 

Love in Christ,

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