Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 26, 2012
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. Thank you
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"When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached
Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two
disciples, saying to them, 'Go into the village
ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey
tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them
to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say
this, "The Lord needs them." And he will send them
immediately.' This took place to fulfill what had
been spoken through the prophet, saying,
'Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them;
they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their
cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large
crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut
branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed
'Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!'
When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in
turmoil, asking, 'Who is this?' The crowds were saying,
'This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in 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
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:
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 this Jesus?
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 empty tomb.
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 forever.
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
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of David, Child of God, Hosanna!
Blessed are you! Amen.
Grace and peace,
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