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Daily Devotion for March 25, 2018

Palm Sunday


<i>Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem,</i> fresco on the wall of the Church of St. Germain des Pres, by Jean Hippolyte Flandrin, ca. 1848.
Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem, fresco on the wall of the Church of St. Germain des Pres, by Jean Hippolyte Flandrin, ca. 1848.

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Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.

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Prayer for Palm Sunday

Giver of light, your steadfast love endures forever. Open our hearts to the Blessed One who comes so humbly, on a borrowed colt. Open before us the gates of your justice, that we may enter, confessing in heaven and on earth that Jesus is Lord.

Amen.

Prayer for the Morning

Heavenly Lord, you have brought me to the beginning of a new day. As the world is renewed fresh and clean, so I ask you to renew my heart with your strength and purpose. Forgive me the errors of yesterday and bless me to walk closer in your way today. This is the day I begin my life anew; shine through me so that every person I meet may feel your presence in my soul. Take my hand, precious Lord, for I cannot make it by myself. Through Christ I pray and live,

Amen.

For a Blessing on the Families of the Land

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who sets the solitary person in the comfort of families; I commend to your continual care the homes in which your people dwell. Put far from them, I beseech you, every root of bitterness, the desire of boastful vanity, and the pride of life. Fill them with faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness. Knit together in constant affection those who, in holy wedlock, have been made one flesh; turn the heart of the parents to the children, and the heart of the children to the parents; and fill us all with true love and charity, so that we put aside petty differences and act with kind affection and the sympathy of brotherly love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Dedication

God of mercy, swift to help: as my lips pour forth your praise, fill my heart with the peace you give to those who wait for your salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.


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High priests Caiaphas and Annas

1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.


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John 12:12-19 (NKJV)

Jesus Enters Jerusalem

The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out:

“Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! [ Psalm 118:26] The King of Israel!”

Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written:

“Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey’s colt.” [Zechariah 9:9]

His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.

Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness. For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign. The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him!”


Notes on the Scripture

Today’s scripture is celebrated as Palm Sunday. It was the day when Jesus was widely proclaimed as the Messiah by the Jews of Jerusalem; like Castro marching into Havana, or Charles de Gaulle marching into Paris at the end of WW2, the people widely believed that the Messiah prophesied for a thousand years or more, memorialized in the Hebrew Bible, had arrived and was marching triumphantly into the city to liberate it. As foretold, he rode on a donkey. Even the Pharisees were temporarily taken aback.

Palm Sunday

The Pharisees were not necessarily Jesus’ enemies. Many of them were on the fence, either as a matter of faith or simply as a matter of political astuteness. They thought that Christ was a political figure who was rebelling against the Sanhedrin — his most avid opponents were the great high priest Caiaphas and the Sadducees, including the powerful Annas. The Pharisees quoted at the end of today’s lesson seem, mainly, to want to pick the winning side before it’s too late.

As the Jewish leaders had feared, there is a great popular swelling of support for Jesus. The catalyst for this had been the spectacular, and very public, raising of Lazarus from the dead in Bethany, just outside Jerusalem’s walls.

There is a great dramatic irony in the scene. We know, and the apostles know, that although Jesus is the Messiah, he does not care about earthly power and has no intention of becoming the temporal king of Israel or assuming the political power of the High Priest. He is operating in a completely different sphere. His real revolution is to occur at a level most of them cannot comprehend, because they have not listened to or absorbed his teachings.

The people hail him as a savior. The Sanhedrin fears him as a revolutionary leader. But, although they are correct that he comes to bring a new order, they are substantially clueless about his intentions. For he comes, not to liberate the Hebrews from slavery to Rome, but to liberate all mankind from the slavery of sin.



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Matthew 5:34: I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool . . . . Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.


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Topic: Devotion for Day of March 25, 2018 | Daily Prayer
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Phyllis Hall (Greenbush, US) says...
reading God's word everyday keeps me close to him.I love the messages and prayer. My whole day goes good when I stay in god's world.God is good all the time and all the time God ie good
24th May 2018 11:01am
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REV. LEROY KEENEY (HAYS, US) says...
SmilePRAISE GOD !
JESUS IS KING OF KINGS,LORD OF LORDS,THAT LIST COULD GO AND ON.
ON THIS PALM SUNDAY, I AM SO HAPPY TO HAVE JESUS CHRIST IN MY HEART AND SOUL JESUS SAVES!
CALL UPON HIM, ACCEPT HIM INTO YOUR HEART AND SOUL, LIVE A LIFE IN CHRIST.
THANK YOU OUR HEAVENLY FATHER FOR YOUR SON, JESUS CHRIST, IN HIS NAME,AMEN!
JESUS IS KING OF KINGS,OUR LORD OF LORDS.
IN CHRIST, PASTOR KEENEY
25th March 2018 1:09pm
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Will Powell (Bonifay, US) says...
Really enjoy reading. I read just before I retire at night. I have an unspoken request for prayer. I sing with a gospel group and it seems that Satan is trying to break us up. Love singing for the Lord.
24th March 2018 9:32pm
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Bob says...
I remember playing the Dixieaires records,but us Whitefolk never got to see them in a live perfomance.
24th March 2018 12:18pm
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William C. (Fort Russell) says...
I liked today's scriptures and commmentary. The choice for a picture at the top of the page - not so much.
Also, I find two things interesting:
1. That Michal even had an idol in her house to use as a ruse
2. That Saul tore off his clothes to prophesy

(I sure wish his words of prophesying would've been recorded!)
24th March 2018 9:30am
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Ann Brock (US) says...
Brian and Michelle, thank you for your kind comments regarding the Daily Inspiration that I wrote. Our Lord provides...I just write. God bless both of you. Cool
24th March 2018 9:02am
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Brian Steele (Henrico, US) says...
Thank you Ann, for showing me how to rebuild my spiritual house. I really appreciate what you do here.
24th March 2018 8:45am
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Michelle G says...
Oh, Ann Brock, your use of metaphors to teach us about our body temples was beautiful. Housing the Holy Spirit is so comforting to me, for she is so good!
I’ve been studying about our armor and am so thankful that the Lord protects us.
Again, an absolutely divine teaching. Thank you. ✝️
24th March 2018 5:56am
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