Thought for The Day – Friday 19th February

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 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!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Matthew 21: 6 – 9

And so to the preparations for the well-remembered parade in the bible, the Triumphant Entry Into Jerusalem, when all the focus was on Jesus preparing to ride into the capital. But I wonder what it was like for the other witnesses in the lead up to the big procession?

The Two Disciples: We know that the disciples have not always acted with obedience to Jesus’ instructions but on this occasion the two disciples showed no hesitation in acquiring the donkey and its foal.

The Owners of the Donkey and the Colt: Interestingly (in Mark 11:4) we know that the owners were satisfied with why the disciples were taking their prized possessions and showed trust in Jesus’s promise to return them.

The Large Crowd: In thinking about the crowd throwing the palm branches onto the ground, I often forget that many in the crowd also showed selflessness by throwing their robes onto the dirty ground (a show of great respect in those days).

The Crowds That Went Ahead and Followed: Being a Motherwell supporter, I’m not used to big crowds (!) so I can’t imagine the feeling of euphoria the crowd experienced all shouting ‘Hosanna to the Son of David’ which in Hebrew literally means ‘Save us’.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for helping me today to think about obedience, trust, selflessness and hosanna in my following of you, Amen

Action: Give thanks for the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.

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