Palm Sunday April 13

Scriptures for today

  • Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
  • Matthew 21:1-11
  • Isaiah 50:4-9

curved pathwayPsalm 118

God’s love endures forever!  Never to be forgotten!  However, God repeatedly reverses people’s status and fortune.  Look beyond the obvious of rich is rich, poor is poor.  Instead see that up is down and down is up!

The needy are satisfied, the arrogant and mighty lose their position.  Stone, rejected by stone, builders become the capstone of a new structure.  Expect the unexpected, however, there is “safety” in exaltation of the Lord.  There is comfort in another way.

Matthew 21:1-11

The topsy-turvy of life is highlighted or forecast in the coming of Jesus, the Son of God, in Matthew 21:1-11 where he comes not in a grand royal procession, as one may think, but on a simple, lowly donkey.  Up is down and down is up!  Also, this fulfills the words of the prophet Zechariah 9:9:  “See, your King comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey.”

Earlier in Matthew, Chapter 19:30, Jesus reinforces this upside down world to look beyond the expected:  “many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.”

On a donkey, Jesus receives hosannas (saves) and halleluiah’s (joy, praise, gratitude) for the son of David, the Nazarene prophet.  This event is foretelling the future where up is down and down is up, expect the unexpected!

Isaiah 50:4-9a

The “other way” is a new way of thinking, a transformation of our individual consciousness (a difficult life-long journey). Not my way, but His way. Be with the sovereign Lord always.  He will be with me morning to morning;  He opens my ears to really listen and truly hear!

Being with the Lord, He helps me from those who beat me (I will give them my back to hit me); from those who pull on my beard, those  who mock and spit upon me.  I am passionate in my trust of God.  I can face my accusers and those who deride me.

We are asked to transform ourselves, our very way of being, to begin a life-enhancing journey of passion to be with God—forever—with every breath, moment to moment.  In glorifying God, we also transform ourselves and, in so doing, become Godlike.

Jesus did this……and you can too!   ♥

by David Meade

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