As Christ rode into Jerusalem on a colt and donkey there were many shouts of "Hosanna in the Highest!" On this Palm Sunday morning, Pastor Don enlightens us to some interesting details within this familiar story in three particular areas:
# 1-Donkey and a Colt
Jesus rides into Jerusalem on the first day of Holy Week on a colt and donkey, according to Matthew 21. The Savior of the world chooses to ride a young donkey on this day and not a stallion as many would assume from a king. Even still, this donkey is not one you would expect as it had never been ridden before. Jesus shockingly chooses a colt that has no experience and was the least qualified of his options. Pairing this youngster with is likely mother on the ride would have put the timid colt at ease as Jesus rose in Jerusalem that day.
#2-Meaning of Hosanna
Hosanna was proclaimed throughout the massive crowd surrounding Jesus, yet the term appears only six times in just five New Testament verses. What seems foreign to us outside of a popular term found in Christian songs actually dates back to the psalm listed above. Formerly a cry for help and salvation, it had become a proclamation of praise Jesus's culture at that time. Now as we consider the implications of what really went on during these events, this term has much deeper meaning. An old Hebrew word meaning "God save me," becomes a tool to thank Him in the New Covenant. Hosanna: a cry becomes confidence.
#3-Prophetic Word Confirmed
Five hundred years is a long time, yet the confirmation of the Zechariah passage through these events are that much more impressive with years that had passed. The prophetic Word is confirmed throughout scripture and time again and again. Even though there have been nearly two thousand years since the Revelation of Jesus Christ was given regarding Christ's return (listed below), it will only be that much more incredible when its fulfillment comes. God has His own timetable, but He always effectively and powerfully delivers it in perfect timing.
Push into His presence in a deeper way this week! You will be surprised the difference in your experience with God when you connect with a Spirit-filled community to encourage you and spur you on when things get difficult. The Holy Spirit is moving around the world, and we are preparing for a great local move of His Holy Spirit here in Durham before Jesus's soon return.
God's Word is both timeless and powerful today!
We hope that you will consider this week's message in greater depth in the days ahead and meditate on God's Word in the attached pdf outline.
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