As Jesus entered Jerusalem, many crowds gathered. Some celebrated Jesus, others saw a troublemaker. Even today there are as many differing accounts of who Jesus is as there are people on the planet. The question remains, who is Jesus to you?
Worship this week:
Saturday 5:00 p.m. in the chapel
Sunday 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Devotions for this week:
Palm Sunday April 9, 2017
SHARE: What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding
Sunday: Triumphal Entry (Palm/Passion Sunday), Luke 19:29-44
Monday: Journey to the Cross, Luke 22:28-46
Tuesday: Journey to the Cross, Luke 22:47-71
Wednesday: Journey to the Cross, Luke 23:1-31
Thursday: Last Supper (Holy Thursday), Luke 22:1-27
Friday: Crucifixion (Good Friday), Luke 23:32-47
Saturday: Burial of Jesus, Luke 23:48-56
TALK: Consider some of these ideas:
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.” Luke 19:39-40
Jesus’ long anticipated arrival in Jerusalem is met not by an angry mob, but rather a raucous parade singing his praises. However, the master’s eyes can see only certain demise – of himself, and finally, the city itself.
How emotional is Jesus’ journey to the cross to you?
- Why do you think mob mentality has so much power of people? What is happening in your congregation that is being swept away by such momentum? What needs to change to turn the momentum?
- What are you willing to give or do to follow Christ? What can you do this week that pushes you beyond your comfort zone?
Use essential oils to mark the sign of the cross on your forehead or hands every morning this week. Let the scent and feel of the oil remind you of Jesus’ journey to the cross.
PRAY: Holy Lord, We meet you with praise on our lips. Keep those refrains ringing in our ears when the cheers fade and you face the gravity which this somber week holds. In the name of Jesus our Savior, Amen.
BLESS: Jesus walks a difficult journey for you. You are worth it. Amen.