Prayer of the Week
(pray this prayer each day this week)
Lord God Almighty,
The prophets through the ages said you would come. They said we should be watchful, ready, obedient, and willing to submit to you when you did come. As Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey the people cried out Hosanna, which means SAVE NOW. They saw, in him, your promised messiah. Within days, the people realized he was not what they expected. The religious leaders hated him because he challenges their ways. The Romans hated him because he was a threat. Although Jesus came in perfect love and justice, he was hated and unjustly executed. How could everyone get it so wrong? This week, help me not to make the same mistake in my life. Show me that salvation means submitting myself in faith, hope, and love to Jesus. As I pray out HOSANNA, enter my life and lead me to overcome my doubt and fear so I may live the life you promised the faithful. In Jesus name I pray. Amen
Read Psalm 118 & John 12:12-15
Holy Week: Questions for Reflection
What happens when perfect justice and perfect injustice clash? We find out when Jesus enters Jerusalem riding on a donkey and fulfilling Zechariah’s prophecy: “Lo, your king comes to you, triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey”. At first, he is received with much celebration, but when his ways of perfect justice and mercy are misunderstood as weakness, heresy, and rebellion… the world reacts with perfect injustice: false testimony, imprisonment, harsh interrogation, torture, and wrongful execution.
Adoring people were shouting Hosanna (Save Now!) in the streets at Jesus’ coming. How could something so good end so badly? Why do you think that Jesus’ ways represent perfect justice?
Have you ever misunderstood God? How did you react? Did you resist and reject? Or, did you humble yourself and submit? Why do you think the ways of the world represent perfect injustice?
Is this the end of the story? It certainly seems like it. Jesus is killed despite his love, his healing, his teaching, and his promises. What did he say would happen after his death?
Action for the Week
READ THE STORY prayerfully and deeply through the week. Matthew 26 & 27; Mark 14 & 15; Luke 22 & 23; John 18 & 19 all tell the story. Save the next chapters for Easter morning Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20. He is Risen!