Thought Provokers for Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017

palm sunday

Jesus did not say that it would be a great thing
if the Kingdom of God existed.
He announced that the Kingdom was at hand.

W.A. Visser ‘t Hooft

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The capital of Heaven
is the heart in which Jesus Christ
is enthroned as king.

Sadhu Sundar Singh

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Not to the gates of Jerusalem alone does Jesus ride today,
but to the gates of our hearts.
There he waits knocking, knocking.
His knuckles must be raw by now.
The gentle rap has been so long smothered by contemporary rivals
that some of us can barely hear it.
But he goes on standing there.

Samuel M. Shoemaker

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Everyone who lined the streets
had a different reason for waving those palms.
Some were political activists;
they’d heard Jesus had supernatural power,
and they wanted him to use it to free Israel from Roman rule.

Others had loved ones who were sick or dying.
They waved branches, hoping for physical healing.

Some were onlookers merely looking for something to do,
while others were genuine followers
who wished Jesus would establish himself as an earthly king.

Jesus was the only one in the parade
who knew why he was going to Jerusalem–to die.
He had a mission, while everyone else had an agenda.

Bill Hybels

About Daniel Mochamps

Church Planter, Anglican Diocese in New England (Anglican Church in North America).
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