Preparing for Palm Sunday

This Sunday is Palm Sunday

Preparing for Sunday

What difference does Palm Sunday make?

Two Sundays from now we have the great privilege to worship together and celebrate the RESURRECTION of Jesus. (We'll have invitations ready for you to share with friends on Sunday) It is always a very special Sunday and I hope you are planning now to invite a friend to join us for that celebration.

In the mean time, however, we have THIS SUNDAY to celebrate Palm Sunday. I hope you are preparing in your home and in your heart for the realities of this special Sunday as well. Let me take a few minutes of your time to answer a few questions.

Palm Sunday: What is it?

This is the Sunday beginning Passion week when Jesus entered Jerusalem and was welcomed as the Messiah, the KING, and it's called Palm Sunday because the worshippers who welcomed Jesus waved Palm Branches. John 12:12-19

Palm Sunday: What does it mean?

The significance of Palm Sunday is in the striking change the very same crowd takes on as the week draws to an end. Here, on this Sunday, the crowd welcomes Jesus as a KING. Proclaims him as the one who comes in the name of the Lord. This same crowd would turn to the mob crying "crucify Him" be the end of the week. Simply put, their expectation was of a conquering Savior and Jesus came (On this event) as the savior ready to suffer and die. This was NOT what the crowd wanted, nor expected. (I'll talk more on Sunday about the significance of having the palm branches when Jesus entered Jerusalem).

Palm Sunday: Why should I and My family be thinking about it?

We take the opportunity this week to see reflections of ourselves in the crowds who celebrated Jesus on this day. What are our own expectations? If they don't turn out as we expect, will we "turn on Jesus"? Or, do we celebrate Jesus as the King of Kings, the Prince of Peace, the Conquering King no matter what our circumstances are telling us today?

Palm Sunday: Preparing for Worship

This weekend, perhaps you and your family can prepare for our worship time together by reading John 11-15. This coming week provides one of the richest seasons in a Christian's lives as we take the opportunity to remember ALL of the events which happen through Passion week. On Sunday, we'll celebrate the KING and we'll prepare ourselves for our journey through the Passion week. I hope you and your family will take some time to personally prepare as well.

Blessings, Pastor Kevin

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