The Courage of Jesus

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Learning for Life: 9:30 am (resumes April 8)
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: March 25, 2018

Newsletter: March 2018

Scriptures: Philippians 2:5-11Psalm 22Matthew 21:1-17


Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

“See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey” Zechariah 9.9

In an act that led to his death, Jesus rode into Jerusalem while the crowd around him cheered and waved palm branches. Choosing to ride into Jerusalem like this was an overt political statement. Jesus was deliberately announcing his political leadership using symbols everyone would have understood.

He was also saying something about the nature of his leadership – he was not riding a chariot or a horse trained for war. Jesus came with gentleness and humility.

Every Palm Sunday, the church announces once again that Jesus still claims to be the highest authority.

The leadership in Jerusalem rejected Jesus’ claim back then. Jesus made no effort to use force and did not defend himself and as a result he was crucified.

Today, Jesus comes riding into our lives. He is still claiming to be in charge – what is your response?