The Holiest of Weeks

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The Holiest of Weeks

This week­end most West­ern Chris­tians will cel­e­brate one of the holi­est days of their sacred cal­en­dar year: Palm Sun­day.

Just what is Palm Sunday?

Per­haps the beloved physi­cian and Gospel author Saint Luke can help us.

Saint Luke describes what took place on that first Psalm Sun­day nearly 2,000 years ago with these words (Luke 19:2840):

The Tri­umphal Entry

28 After He had said these things [JESUS had just fin­ished deliv­er­ing a teach­ing with a para­ble], He was going on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

29 When He approached Beth­phage and Bethany, near the Mount that is called Olivet, He sent two of the disciples,

30 say­ing, “Go into the vil­lage ahead of you; there, as you enter, you will find a colt tied on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here.

31 If any­one asks you, ‘Why are you unty­ing it?’ you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of it.’”

32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as He had told them.

33 As they were unty­ing the colt, its own­ers said to them,

“Why are you unty­ing the colt?”

34 They said, “The Lord has need of it.”

35 They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus on it.

36 As He was going, they were spread­ing their coats on the road.

37 As soon as He was approach­ing, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the dis­ci­ples began to praise God joy­fully with a loud voice for all the mir­a­cles which they had seen,

38 shout­ing:

“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord;
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 Some of the Phar­isees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”

40 But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”

Fur­ther­more, the Evan­ge­list and Gospel writer Saint John the Apos­tle adds some more detail to this account in the 12th chap­ter of the Gospel that bears his name…

Jesus Enters Jerusalem

12 On the next day the large crowd who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was com­ing to Jerusalem,

13 took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel.”

Both Saint Luke and Saint John affirm the truth­ful­ness of a vision that the prophet Zechariah received cen­turies earlier:

Rejoice greatly, O daugh­ter of Zion!Shout in tri­umph, O daugh­ter of Jerusalem!

Behold, your King is com­ing to you;

He is Just and endowed with Sal­va­tion,
Hum­ble, and mounted on a don­key,
Even on a colt, the foal of a don­key (Zechariah 9:9).

For the last 40 or so days, the Chris­t­ian com­mu­nity has been in a sea­son of intense prayer, wor­ship, and devo­tion known as “Lent.”

Palm Sun­day begins an impor­tant 7 day time of remem­brance of the betrayal, crim­i­nal sen­tenc­ing, suf­fer­ing, cru­ci­fix­ion, death, bur­ial, and Res­ur­rec­tion of JESUS CHRIST — “Pas­sion Week.”

Gosh, that was a mouthful!!!

My Friends, what are we to do with this man called Jesus?

His Jew­ish name would be ren­dered “Joshua or Yeshua.” This name means The LORD IS SALVATION.

Again, I pose the ques­tion: What are we to do with this man called Jesus?

The three great monothe­is­tic faiths –Judaism, Chris­tian­ity, and Islam — are all split on how they view JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth.

Our Jew­ish Friends — at least the lead­er­ship of Jesus’ day — mostly rejected Him because He did not con­form to their expec­ta­tions of what they thought the Mes­siah would look like. They accused Jesus of both “Idol­a­try and Sorcery.”

Today many Jews sim­ply see Jesus as a great “moral teacher,” but they do not embrace Him as Yeshua.

Our Islamic Friends see Jesus as a great Prophet, but not as great a prophet as Moham­mad. Fur­ther­more, many fol­low­ers of Islam stum­ble over the doc­trine of The Trin­ity (the Chris­t­ian belief in One GOD in Three dis­tinct persons).

But again I pose the ques­tion: What are we to do with this man called Jesus?

It is evi­dent by the fact that JESUS openly received Praise and Wor­ship and by the fact that He saw Him­self ful­fill­ing the words of the prophet Zechariah that JESUS was mak­ing a direct claim to Deity.

JESUS once posed a ques­tion to His Dis­ci­ples when He asked them: “Who Do You Say that I AM?”

JESUS’ ear­li­est dis­ci­ples Jews, Greeks, and Gen­tiles bowed down before Him and called Him LORD (please see the book of ACTS).

My Friends, how we answer this ques­tion has pro­found con­se­quences not only in this life, but in the world to come.

Thank You and may GOD Bless You!

From: Pas­tor George Stephen Kelly

This weekend most Western Christians will celebrate one of the holiest days of their sacred calendar year:  Palm Sunday.

Just what is Palm Sunday?  

Perhaps the beloved physician and Gospel author Saint Luke can help us.

Saint Luke describes what took place on that first Psalm Sunday nearly 2,000 years ago with these words (Luke 19:28-40):

       The Triumphal Entry

28 After He had said these things [JESUS had just finished delivering a teaching with a parable], He was going on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

29 When He approached Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount that is called Olivet, He sent two of the disciples, 

30 saying, “Go into the village ahead of you; there, as you enter, you will find a colt tied on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here. 

31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 

32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as He had told them. 

33 As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, 

“Why are you untying the colt?” 

34 They said, “The Lord has need of it.” 

35 They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus on it. 

36 As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road. 

37 As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, 

38 shouting:

“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord;
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” 

40 But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”

Furthermore, the Evangelist and Gospel writer Saint John the Apostle adds some more detail to this account in the 12th chapter of the Gospel that bears his name…

      Jesus Enters Jerusalem

12 On the next day the large crowd who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

13 took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel.” 

Both Saint Luke and Saint John affirm the truthfulness of a vision that the prophet Zechariah received centuries earlier:

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!

Behold, your King is coming to you;

He is Just and endowed with Salvation,
Humble, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey (Zechariah 9:9).

For the last 40 or so days, the Christian community has been in a season of intense prayer, worship, and devotion known as “Lent.”

Palm Sunday begins an important 7 day time of remembrance of the betrayal, criminal sentencing, suffering, crucifixion, death, burial, and Resurrection of JESUS CHRIST – “Passion Week.”

Gosh, that was a mouthful!!!

My Friends, what are we to do with this man called Jesus?  

His Jewish name would be rendered “Joshua or Yeshua.”  This name means The LORD IS SALVATION.

Again, I pose the question:  What are we to do with this man called Jesus?  

The three great monotheistic faiths -Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – are all split on how they view JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth.

Our Jewish Friends – at least the leadership of Jesus’ day – mostly rejected Him because He did not conform to their expectations of what they thought the Messiah would look like.  They accused Jesus of both “Idolatry and Sorcery.”  

Today many Jews simply see Jesus as a great “moral teacher,” but they do not embrace Him as Yeshua.

Our Islamic Friends see Jesus as a great Prophet, but not as great a prophet as Mohammad.  Furthermore, many followers of Islam stumble over the doctrine of The Trinity (the Christian belief in One GOD in Three distinct persons).

But again I pose the question:  What are we to do with this man called Jesus?  

It is evident by the fact that JESUS openly received Praise and Worship and by the fact that He saw Himself fulfilling the words of the prophet Zechariah that JESUS was making a direct claim to Deity.

JESUS once posed a question to His Disciples when He asked them:  “Who Do You Say that I AM?”

JESUS’ earliest disciples Jews, Greeks, and Gentiles bowed down before Him and called Him LORD (please see the book of ACTS).

My Friends, how we answer this question has profound consequences not only in this life, but in the world to come.

Thank You and may GOD Bless You!

From: Pastor George Stephen Kelly