Blessed is the One who Comes in the Name of the Lord

Tomorrow Holy Week begins. A time of holy reflection of our God and what has been done for us. Our God who “moved into the neighborhood.” (John 1:14 Msg) Our God who is Lord and King, but in a completely different way than we’re used to. Our God who sent his son not to condemn the world, but to save it. (John 3:17)

Holy Week starts off with a parade – a march. Jesus triumphantly entering Jerusalem. The people are excited. This isn’t really a march that was planned, the people who are witnessing it were just the everyday, ordinary people going about their business in the city. Preparing for the upcoming Passover holiday. Jesus is doing a new thing and by the end of the week, it will be difficult to understand exactly what was happening. Our Jesus was calling out the authority to bring a new kind of authority and an upside-down power structure.

That reminds me of marches happening today. Marches led by young people who want to call attention to the violence of our world. Young people who find it difficult to understand what is happening in our world. Marches to call out the powers that be.

Palm Sunday was written about hundreds of years beforehand in the Psalms. The words of Psalm 118:19-27 still speak to us today:

Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.

20 This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous shall enter through it.

21 I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
22 The stone that the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!
O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!

26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God,
and he has given us light.
Bind the festal procession with branches,
up to the horns of the altar.

May we give thanks to God, bring Jesus’ light to a world of darkness as we walk through Holy Week. May the gates of righteousness be opened to all marching for life, for hope and salvation today.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 as together we begin our experience of Holy Week.

Grace be with you,

Vikki

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