Sunday, April 5, 2009

Walking With Jesus Through Passion Week: Palm Sunday

One of my seminary professors, Dr. Wilkins, gave us a resource, that is now found in his Matthew commentaries (NIVAC and Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary). It is a list of the Scripture references that help us walk through Easter week with Jesus. I know it’s late in the day, but I thought this might be a nice tool to help us walk through this week and focus on what was happening in Jesus’ life as we consider the great work He accomplished at the cross … and resurrection. I hope these will help draw you nearer to Him this week.

Triumphal entry into Jerusalem

Matthew 21:1-9 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, "Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord needs them,' and he will send them at once." 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5 "Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'" 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" (ESV) – See also John 12.12-18
Jesus surveys the Temple and returns to Bethany

Mark 11:11 And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

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