Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 26, 2007
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 26, 2007
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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"And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to
Beth'phage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent
two disciples, saying to them, 'Go into the village
opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass
tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them
to me. If any one says anything to you, you shall
say, "The Lord has need of them," and he will send
them immediately.' This took place to fulfill what
was spoken by the prophet, saying, 'Tell the daughter
of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you, humble,
and mounted on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of
an ass.' The disciples went and did as Jesus had
directed them; they brought the ass and the colt,
and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon.
Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road,
and others cut branches from the trees and spread
them on the road. And the crowds that went before
him and that followed him shouted, 'Hosanna to the
Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name
of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!' And when he
entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying,
'Who is this?' And the crowds said, 'This is the
prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee.'"
Jesus was at a crossroads. Some might call this
fate or destiny. Others would say he is at a divine
appointment. At the crossroads, he consciously made
the choice to courageously go forward to his death
on the cross. The disciples and cheering crowds
had no idea of what was to come. This was why Jesus
was born. He knew and accepted his divine fate.
In doing so, Jesus forever changed the world.
Everything he did was with intention and obedience
to prophecy. The donkey symbolized humility, peace,
and Davidic royalty (Zechariah 9:9). The very large
crowds spread their cloaks as an act of royal homage
(2 Kings 8:28). "Hosanna" means both prayer and
praise. Jesus was being recognized as a king, a
leader, and a prophet from God. For a moment he
enjoyed the accolades of adoring crowds. The soon
to be fickle crowds enthusiastically cheered Jesus.
The entire city was stirred. Many asked, "Who is
this?" Perhaps you have the same question, Who is
Usually we read this passage (commonly called "the
Triumphal Entry") for Palm Sunday. But the drama
of the gospel is appropriate anytime of the year.
Other Gospel accounts of this dramatic event are
located in Mark 11:1-10, Luke 19:29-38, and John
12:12-15. If today were Palm Sunday, we would
begin what the Christian Church calls "Holy Week"
with special Maundy Thursday and Good Friday worship
services. This is the week when people of faith
around the world remember the cross, death, burial,
and resurrection of Jesus. Easter celebrates the
We need to remember King Jesus, Son of David, the
Messiah, is the Christ. He not only rode into
Jerusalem on a donkey, but even today Jesus
wishes to ride into our hearts and live with us
The crowds cried, "Hosanna!" They blessed Jesus
publicly as he rode by. We would do well if we
followed their example. So the questions beg
asking. Who is this Jesus? Who is he to you?
Have you praised and blessed him with the adoring
crowds? Or are you still wondering who he really
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of David, Child of God,
Hosanna! Blessed are you!
Grace and peace,
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