Week 37   Day 5



            everyone is shouting joyfully 

                        but Jesus was entering his darkest hour 

            everyone is there for the parade 

                        but Jesus knew and could feel the pain coming 


            everyone is looking for any cause to celebrate 

                        but Jesus knew that moment would fade 

            everyone is intoxicated with the excitement of the moment

                        but Jesus knew that popularity does not last 


            everyone is high on expectations 

                        but Jesus saw beyond the moment 

            everyone is delighting in the deliverer 

                        but Jesus saw the cross before him 


            everyone calls him king 

                        but Jesus knew the fickleness of their loyalties

            everyone acts out the momentum of the crowd 

                        and Jesus continues his faithful journey



            holy hallelujahs

            blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord






 A cowboy once noted

     that Jesus must have had

     wonderful hands 

     to guide an untamed donkey

     through that crowd of reveling people. 




                               ENTERING JERUSALEM

                               The crowds were amazed

                but the religious leaders had had enough.

                                           Mark 11 & 12


    1When they drew near Jerusalem, at the Mount of Olives,

He sent two of His disciples.  2He said to them, "Go into the

village opposite you; as soon as you have entered it you will

find a colt tied, on which no one has sat.  Loose it and bring it. 

3 If anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' say, 'The
Lord has need of it,' and immediately he will send it here."

    4They went their way and found the colt tied by the door

outside on the street, and they loosed it.  5Some of those who
stood there said to them, "What are you doing, loosing the
6And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded.

    7They brought the colt to Jesus, threw their clothes on it and
He sat on it.  8Many spread their clothes on the road,
cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the
9Those before and those who followed cried out: 
'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!'" 

    11Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple.  When

He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late,

He went out to Bethany with the twelve.

    12The next day, 15they came to Jerusalem.  Jesus went into

the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold,

and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats

of those who sold doves.   16He would not allow anyone to

carry wares through the temple.  17He taught, saying, "Is it

not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for

all nations'?  But you have made it a 'den of thieves.'"

     18The scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they

might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people

were astonished at His teaching.  13They sent to Him some of

the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch Him in His words. 

    14When they had come, they said to Him, "Teacher, we

know that You are true, for You do not regard the person of

men, but teach the way of God in truth.   Is it lawful to pay

taxes to Caesar, or not?  15Shall we pay, or shall we not pay?"       

    But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, "Why do

you test Me?   Bring Me a denarius that I may see it."  16So

they brought it.  And He said to them, "Whose image and

inscription is this?"  They said to Him, "Caesar's."

    17Jesus answered and said, "Render to Caesar the things

that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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