25 March 2018

Dear family in Christ

In the Church calendar, we commemorate Palm Sunday today. We remember the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11). The large Jewish crowd had the expectant hope of the conquering messiah and king who would come to liberate them from the Romans. As they followed Jesus along the city streets, they shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”  But a few days later that same week, the crowds would cry out, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”.

As we go into Holy Week, let us keep our focus on Jesus Christ and His road to Calvary. We recall the series of events that took place during this significant week.

  1. Washing disciples’ feet (John 13:1-17): Servanthood and love for one another must be the hallmark of a disciple of Jesus.
  2. Passover meal (Matthew 26:17-29): Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper (body and blood) as a remembrance of God’s new covenant of grace.
  3. Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46): Jesus was in agony and sorrow, yet He was obedient to the will of His Father.
  4. Betrayal, arrest, trial (Luke 22:47 to 23:25): Jesus was mocked, beaten and humiliated, yet He was meek, “like a lamb that is led to the slaughter”.
  5. Crucifixion, death, burial (Luke 23:33-56): In great suffering and painful shame, Jesus gave His life sacrificially on the cross in atonement for the sins of the world.
  6. Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-10): Praise and thanks be to God for the victory over sin and death and the blessed hope of eternal life in Jesus Christ.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:1-2


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