Saturday, April 16, 2011 • 2:41 am
I’m very fond of this season in the Christian calendar because I can mention the word “ass” during my blog post and sermon and still keep all the fundamentalists off my back. ;)
But seriously, the message of Palm Sunday is very significant. True, this fulfills the prophecy of the Old Testament and that’s very significant but there’s more:
The image of Jesus riding on a donkey – aka “an ass” – during Palm Sunday is a great paradox.
In some ways, it’s when things go downhill really fast for Jesus and for anyone and everyone associated with Jesus that had a different agenda about “the Kingdom” than Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »
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Sunday, April 5, 2009 • 12:46 am
The image of Palm Sunday is one of the greatest ironies. Jesus Christ – the Lord of Lords, King of Kings, the Morning Star, the Savior of all Humanity, and we can list descriptives after descriptives – rides into a procession of “Hosanna, Hosanna…Hosanna in the Highest” – on a donkey – aka – an ass.
Jesus rides in on an ass at his own Inauguration. Goodness gracious.
My friend, Shane Claiborne, shares that a modern equivalent of such an incredulous image is of the most powerful person in our modern world, the United States President, riding into a procession…on a unicycle.
I’ll be honest: I would have asked for a chariot or at least an Aston Martin. But that’s just me.
But Jesus does this for a reason. In fact, everything he does has a reason. His whole life is a model of the Kingdom of God. But if that is so, why are we as Christians so enamored with power? Why are we – even as Christians – still so enamored, fighting, and jostling with who gets to the sit by Jesus at the table?
How do we continue our call to be Light and Salt; to love mercy, seek justice; to preach and live out the Gospel – all while modeling the very nature of Christ?
I enjoyed the reflections of another friend, Christine Sine (from Seattle) who as part of her Are You Ready for Easter reflections on Palm Sunday, shared the following thoughts: Read the rest of this entry »
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