Today marks the beginning of Holy Week around the world, as our Savior and King entered Jerusalem riding on the humblest of work animals. A beast of burden, Christ told His disciples to go into the city and obtain the donkey for what would be His grand entrance into the city of God. It must have been a wonderfully strange spectacle to see the man haled King by these peasants who laid down cloaks and raised branches from the palm and olive trees along Christ’s path. His following had swelled as the City began its somber observance of the Passover, a time of remembrance. It was a high feast for the children of Israel that marked their deliverance from the bondage of slavery. It was a time in the life of this people when God gathered them all in one place, in His Holy City, to enter into His presence. They brought their lamb of sacrifice and presented it to the Lord who blessed it, made it Holy and returned it to the people. They then ate this great feast in the presence of their God who consecrated His people, making them Holy. Little did they know that this year, as Christ entered the Holy City through the procession of palms, that He was the Lamb being offered up, not by the people, but by God Himself. And He was offered up for us so that we may be made Holy by His body and His blood, that we might be raised up as He would be for the forgiveness of sins.
This week’s Sunday School Lesson: Abram Rescues Lot. This would not be the last time that Abram intervenes to rescue his nephew. Note the mysterious figure of Melchizidek, the Priest of the Most high God from the town of Salem, better known after King David as the city of Jerusalem. Here Melchizedek blesses Abram, and shares Bread and Wine with him. Sound familiar? Interview with Deaconess Pam Nielson of Concordia Publishing House. Click the link below to listen.
In the 11th Chapter of Mark, Jesus enters Jerusalem. While in the Holy City, Christ’s teaching and ministry take on a decisively different tone. He is more confrontational. The parables are pointed and direct. He seems to have less patience with those to whom His message is directed. Christ is angry. Continue Reading