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Today is known as Palm Sunday. It’s a day Christians around the world celebrate as we remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, one week before he was crucified.

Jesus rode into Jerusalem that day on a donkey – in those days a donkey was a symbol of peace. Crowds paved his way with palm branches – in those days this indicated that a king or dignitary was arriving in victory or triumph!

Mark 11:7-11 (The Living Bible)

So the colt was brought to Jesus, and the disciples threw their cloaks across its back for him to ride on. Then many in the crowd spread out their coats along the road before him, while others threw down leafy branches from the fields.

He was in the centre of the procession with crowds ahead and behind, and all of them shouting, “Hail to the King! Praise God for him who comes in the name of the Lord!” . . .  “Praise God for the return of our father David’s kingdom. . . . ” “Hail to the King of the universe!”

And so he entered Jerusalem and went into the Temple.

Palm Sunday marks the start of a time a reflection and celebration, which we call Holy Week. It follows Christ’s journey from his entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, to his crucifixion on the cross. Holy week runs from Palm Sunday through to Easter Sunday.

Did you know today is the start Holy Week?

Holy week is the week leading up to Easter. It starts the Sunday before Easter, called Palm Sunday. It is the week when Christians remember the last week of Jesus’ life.

Palm Sunday is the day we remember Christ assuming into Jerusalem.

In John 12:12-13 (NLT) we read:

The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LordHail to the King of Israel!”

While this sounds like everyone was a huge supporter of Jesus, the sad thing was that later in that same week many of the same people who were in the crowd who welcomes Christ into Jerusalem, were the same ones who shouted that Jesus should be executed.

That’s why today in many churches we will have been asked to think about the strength of our own faith. We may have been asked to remember times when we have been unfaithful to Christ, or have been hypocritical by claiming we follow Christ.

So today is a day to be honest. As we celebrate the arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, let us promise to be honest with ourselves and with Christ, by being faithful to Him from now on.

Today is Palm Sunday, but do you know and understand why Christians celebrate Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The gospels record the arrival of Jesus riding into the city on a donkey while the crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street and shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” to honour Jesus as their long-awaited Messiah and King.

Jesus rode into the city on a donkey (in those days, a symbol of peace), the crowds paved his way with palm branches (this indicated that a king or dignitary was arriving in victory or triumph) is significant because it fulfills a prophecy spoken by the prophet Zechariah, in Zechariah 9:9.

These days, Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter, and marks the beginning of Holy Week, the week of events leading up to Jesus’ death.

 

Matthew 21:9-11 (NIV)

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”  “Hosannain the highest heaven!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

So today, as we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant arrival into Jerusalem, we praise Him and continue to spread His message of eternal love.

Today, as the title of my blog post suggests, is Palm Sunday, but do you know why it is called Pam Sunday and what is celebrated on this day each year?

Palm Sunday is the day on which Christians celebrate Jesus Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, one week before his death and subsequent resurrection. The bible tells us that when Christ entered Jerusalem huge crowds welcomed him, waving palm branches and covering his path with the palm branches.

Mark 11:7-11 (The Living Bible)

So the colt was brought to Jesus, and the disciples threw their cloaks across its back for him to ride on. Then many in the crowd spread out their coats along the road before him, while others threw down leafy branches from the fields.

He was in the centre of the procession with crowds ahead and behind, and all of them shouting, “Hail to the King! Praise God for him who comes in the name of the Lord!” . . .  “Praise God for the return of our father David’s kingdom. . . . ” “Hail to the King of the universe!”

And so he entered Jerusalem and went into the Temple.

Palm Sunday marks the start of a time a reflection and celebration known as Holy Week, which follows Christ’s journey from to the cross. Holy week runs from Palm Sunday through to Easter Sunday.

Palm Sunday is sometimes also called Passion Sunday.

 

 

If you hear the term Holy Week, what do you think of?

For those of you who don’t know what Holy Week is, here’s some details:

holy-week

The last week of Lent is known as Holy Week, and this is when Christians particularly, remember the last week of Jesus’ life – It is therefore the week which concludes with Good Friday. i.e. Easter Friday.

Easter is one of the most important times in the Christian calendar, and therefore many churches will hold various services during this week.

Holy Week starts on Palm Sunday, which is the Sunday before Easter, and it is so-called because it celebrates Jesus arriving into Jerusalem for the Jewish festival of Passover. Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem, and the people there lay down their cloaks and mall branches in front of him to pave his triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

Psalm 118:26-29 (The Message)

Blessed are you who enter in God’s name — from God’s house we bless you!
God is God, he has bathed us in light.
Festoon the shrine with garlands, hang colored banners above the altar!
You’re my God, and I thank you.
O my God, I lift high your praise.
Thank God—he’s so good.
His love never quits!

It’s Christmas Eve, so what does that mean tonight while we sleep?

It means we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ the Saviour of our wold!

So whatever you are doing this Christmas Eve, don’t just get excited because Santa coming, but, more importantly, remember to give thanks to God for sending Jesus into our world.

While You Were Sleeping by Casting Crowns:

Oh little town of Bethlehem
Looks like another silent night
Above your deep and dreamless sleep
A giant star lights up the sky
And while you’re lying in the dark
There shines an everlasting light
For the King has left His throne
And is sleeping in a manger tonight

Oh Bethlehem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
For God became a man
And stepped into your world today
Oh Bethlehem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

Oh little town of Jerusalem
Looks like another silent night
The Father gave His only Son
The Way, the Truth, the Life had come
But there was no room for Him in the world He came to save

Jerusalem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
The Savior of the world is dying on your cross today
Jerusalem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night
As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children
And while we’re lying in the dark
There’s a shout heard ‘cross the eastern sky
For the Bridegroom has returned
And has carried His bride away in the night

America, what will we miss while we are sleeping
Will Jesus come again
And leave us slumbering where we lay
America, will we go down in history
As a nation with no room for its King
Will we be sleeping
Will we be sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night

Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Whether life is treating you well, or whether you’re struggling to face each day, we must be sure that we focus our efforts each day on God. God wants us each to do all we can in His name, therefore if we do that there surely is nothing more we can do!

Today is Palm Sunday, but do you know and understand why Christians celebrate Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The gospels record the arrival of Jesus riding into the city on a donkey, while the crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street and shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” to honour Jesus as their long-awaited Messiah and King.

Jesus rode into the city on a donkey (in those days, a symbol of peace) which the crowds paved his way with palm branches (in those days this indicated that a king or dignitary was arriving in victory or triumph) is significant because it fulfills a prophecy spoken by the prophet Zechariah (Zechariah 9:9).

Palm Sunday, in current times, is the Sunday before Easter, and marks the beginning of Holy Week, the week of events leading up to Jesus’ death.

Matthew 21:9-11 (NIV)

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

   “Hosanna to the Son of David!”

   “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

   “Hosannain the highest heaven!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Yes today is Palm Sunday, and these words from Matthew tell us about that very first palm Sunday.

So today we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant arrival to Jerusalem, and in doing so we praise Him and continue to spread His message of eternal love.

The last few days I’ve been talking about healing, and how God can heal us.

Psalm 147:2-4 (NIV)

The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars    and calls them each by name.

When we’re ill or unwell, we rely on doctors and other medical professionals to determine what’s wrong with us, and make us better. However sometimes even the experiences medical professionals are unable to find a cause of the illness or maybe they’re unable to cure you, what then? We pray for healing!

That does not mean that we should pray for healing only as a last resort. Far from it, we should pray to God for healing even when we’re first unwell. All our prayers to God should not be a “last resort”, they should be because we have faith in God during all of life’s events, and trust that whatever situation we find ourself in, God will provide for us.

No matter what “wounds” we may have, God can help heal them, physical or emotional, recent or long-standing, so take all your wounds to Him in prayer.

When was the last time you stopped for a few minutes and had a real look around you at the world in which we live? I’m not talking about looking at all the buildings, people or events around us, but nature…God‘s handiwork.

We live in a world where everything is done at 100 miles an hour, where we rush about from one task to another without really stopping for breath, or stopping to take in all that is around us.

God took time and effort to create this world in which we live, so please take a time out from your busy life and just look around you and appreciate all God has created and given us…the sunshine (some of us more than others!), the rain (again some of ou more than others!), rivers, grass, trees, animals, nature in general, then there are our friends and our family, don’t forget God gave us them too!

All Around The World (Keith & Kristyn Getty)

All around the world the Kingdom cry resounds
From mountain town to desert plain,
From city to the shore.
Truth will not be bound by walls upon the earth.
From every nation, tribe and tongue
God calls His people forth

All praise to the King
Of the new Jerusalem
Where all of the saints
With one voice will worship the Lamb
Will forever worship the Lamb

Restless is the world, unchanging is His Word
Unshaken is our confidence
In Christ the Risen Lord
All who bear His name unite to breathe as one
We share the joys and pains we face
And pray ‘His Kingdom come’

Boldly we proclaim the power of the cross
In every language, art and deed
We tell the wonder of grace
Then when Christ returns, His church will rise adorned
With treasure brought from every land
To glorify the Lord

All around the world the Kingdom cry resounds
From mountain town to desert plain,
From city to the shore.
Truth will not be bound by walls upon the earth.
From every nation, tribe and tongue
God calls His people forth

All praise to the King
Of the new Jerusalem
Where all of the saints
With one voice will worship the Lamb
Will forever worship the Lamb

Restless is the world, unchanging is His Word
Unshaken is our confidence
In Christ the Risen Lord
All who bear His name unite to breathe as one
We share the joys and pains we face
And pray ‘His Kingdom come’

Boldly we proclaim the power of the cross
In every language, art and deed
We tell the wonder of grace
Then when Christ returns, His church will rise adorned
With treasure brought from every land
To glorify the Lord