Experiencing Holy Week is to walk through Jesus’ most trying hours, contemplating the events that led to Easter.
Read and pray through Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Mark 11:1-11 and Luke 19:41-44)
- Have you ever been asked to do something that didn’t make sense? Did you do it and how did it go? Did you consult God about it?
- What was to be the disciple’s answer if asked why they were taking the colt? What do you think the two disciples thought about this?
- What do you think the owner of the colt would have felt?
- How do you view your personal belongings? Are they at the Lord’s disposal?
- Read Zechariah 9:9 to see why Jesus wanted a colt.
- What words do you hear in the crowd?
- What does “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” mean? Hosanna was a Hebrew expression meaning “Save us!” which became a cry of praise or adoration to God, in recognition of the messiahship of Jesus as He entered Jerusalem.
- In the Luke reading, we see that many people missed the real day and the real visitation of Jesus. How might we miss it today?
- Good times and bad times come and go. The lesson of Palm Sunday is that anyone can have their fortunes, and their lives, change dramatically overnight. Think about how the pandemic has affected all our lives.
- Recognise Jesus and accept Him as your Lord and Saviour and you will have peace. How have you experienced this in your life?
Respond in prayer: Jesus, Lord of Life, mould us and guide us on life’s journey. Help us find meaning and purpose even when we are afraid, angry, sad or rejected. Teach us to die to self and to live for your honour and glory. Amen.
Reconstruct: Make a small palm-leaf cross. Perhaps you would like to make a couple and give them to people who you think need encouragement on Easter Sunday. Attach a message of encouragement, expressing the significance of the cross in all of our lives.
It gives me great pleasure to post this Good News on behalf of my home church in Cape Town, South Africa: