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Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me. I have put my Spirit upon him. He will bring justice to the nations. ~ Isaiah 42:1 (NLT)

Long before Jesus was even born God already knew He was going to have to sacrifice His only son. If that was you or me, I suspect we’d have done everything in our power to prevent our only son from dying. God had the power to do that, but still Jesus died, what greater love as anyone ever shown for you, than God did by sacrificing his own son?

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.

We hear of people trying to quit one thing or another every day: chocolate, alcohol, cigarettes, takeaway food, fizzy drinks etc. But what about the quitting the things in our life that hold us back from letting God take control of our life?

Quit questioning God and start trusting Him! ~ Joel Osteen

Do you think kindness is something that everyone can appreciate? I do!

No matter how young or old, deaf or blind, black or white, Christian or Muslim, or in fact any person, I would suggest that we all enjoy someone showing us a little kindness. I found the following quote from Mark Twain, and this backs up what I’ve been saying:

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see

So, as I said earlier this week, it doesn’t hurt to be kind to others, so let’s spread some kindness wherever we go. A little bit of kindness goes a long way, and can be fully appreciated by everyone.

Today I’m carrying on from my blog post yesterday (Simply Say Nothing) by again considering what we say. Today I have another quote for you:

Sometimes questions are more important than answers ~ Nancy Willard

When I first read this, I didn’t quite get it. After all, how can it more important to question things than answer other’s questions? But isn’t it the case that sometimes when someone asks a question, it prompts other questions to come to our mind, sometimes because we ourselves don’t know the answer to the original question but it prompts us to think about things a different way, or sometimes it may be because we are trying to encourage the person asking the question to come to the answer themselves.

Whatever the reason, just remember that just because someone asks you a question, giving them a direct answer isn’t always as important as asking the questioner another question.

Grace is one of those funny words that we hear at church from a very young age, but do we really understand what it actually means?

Here’s one definition that I think is particularly useful:

Grace means you don’t have to hide what’s already been forgiven, or fear what’s already been defeated, or earn what’s already been given

In order to receive grace, me must first receive Christ into our life, and into our heart. If Christ is not part of your life today, I’d urge you to ask Him to enter your life today, so that you can be forgiven for all your sins and receive God’s grace and peace.

Amazing Grace!

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.

Sometimes I think that we should keep Sunday’s special, however most of the time, I must be honest, I see no reason why we must keep Sunday’s “special”.

My first question to you is this, what do we actually mean when we say “keep Sunday’s special”? Special in what way?

If we mean that we should keep Sunday’s sacred, I would want to know why we are singling out Sunday’s to be sacred – Shouldn’t every day be sacred!

As Christians God expects us to act in a Christ-like manner every day, and to do our best to be more and more like Christ in everything we do. Therefore that’s a 27/4 job, not just a job for one day a week, a Sunday.

Maybe part of the reason why some think we should keep Sunday’s special is because they see less and less folk acting like Christ each day, so feel there should be one day every week that we focus on Christ. i.e. a Sunday. But for me, that actually is the best reason why we shouldn’t keep Sunday’s special. i.e. If people are struggling to see Christ in their everyday lives, isn’t that the best reason we could possibly have to show them more of Christ everyday.

In conclusion, I don’t think there is any need to keep Sunday’s special, because I truly believe every day in God’s presence is a special day for me…and it can be for you too!

Yesterday was the start of Lent, so in yesterday’s blog post called Lent I told you what Lent is and why it we celebrate it. Now today I want to focus on the things we give up for Lent.

As I said yesterday, Lent is all about personal sacrifice and in turn helping others, so whatever we “give up” should be something that is important to us or that we enjoy. So based on that what sort of things could we consider to “give up” for Lent?

Well here’s some things that are being “given up” this Lent by people I know:

As you can see even for these few examples, a hugs variety of things can be “given up” for Lent. However the most important thing to remember when deciding what to “give up” for Lent, is that it must be something that matters to you. i.e. There’s no point in saying you’re going to give up drinking coffee if you only drink one cup of coffee as day, as you’re not really denying yourself something you will really miss. On the other hand , if you drink 3 or 4 cups of coffee a day, giving up coffee for Lent would be a sacrifice for you.

Me, I’m giving up chocolate for lent, as chocolate has always been my comfort food, and as this years has been quite stressful for me so far, I will most certainly miss my chocolate in the next few weeks!

How about you, what are you giving up for lent? Is it really something that you will miss, or are you just giving it up as a token gesture?

Sacrifice by  Tree63

Before Your people worshipped You
You said that something had to die
And as they brought their sacrifice You heard their cries

Before Your children could come home
You said that something had to die
And as You brought Your sacrifice
We heard You cry

You know what it’s like to give it up
You know how it feels to let go
You know what it’s like to take it forget forsake it
To raise Your head and cry

It’s all for You
(Father) It’s all for You
I live for You
(Father) I die for You

I know that You can hear my voice
Because Your servant paid the price
But there is silence in my mouth and I can’t cry

So as I come to worship You
I know that something has to die
And as I bring my sacrifice just let it die

You know what it’s like against Your skin
You know how it feels beneath Your hands
You know how it is to carry so rough and heavy
And underneath to cry

God gives us people to love and things to use, not things to love and people to use.

Sometimes I think we get so caught up in life that we forget that people are the most important things around us, not objects and things.

Make sure you love your family, friends and people you meet, but most importantly tell them you love them, and tell them regularly.

Objects and things around us are there for us to use in our life, to help make the most of our environment and our life…but not to love them. People are there to be loved, objects are there to be used, sometimes to help us show our love for others, but definitely not to be loved in their own right.