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Sunday, April 01, 2012

Christ, the Center of Life, Comes Riding on a Donkey

Today is Palm Sunday, the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. On this day, Jesus faced some very important things: his final week on earth, his last goodbyes with the disciples, the cross of Calvary. On this day long ago, at least for a few hours, Jesus was the center of life for the people of Jerusalem. The people worked themselves into a frenzy about Him because they were ripe, ready, overdo for a conquering Messiah. Finally, the One, God’s One, was before them who was going to lead them into battle and oust the hated Romans from their homeland. This was worth celebrating! Of course, their conception of God’s Messiah was wrong and their cheers turned to jeers later that week. Some of those same voices that celebrated Jesus on Sunday were shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” on Friday morning.

Palm Sunday invites us to celebrate Jesus Christ as the center of all life, generally, and to make Him the center of our personal lives, specifically. This morning, our scripture is the traditional Palm Sunday Psalter reading, Psalm 118. Here is a very interesting Bible fact:

The shortest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 117.

The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119.

The chapter in the center of the Bible is Psalm 118.

Fact: There are 594 chapters before Psalm 118.

Fact: There are 594 chapters after Psalm 118.

Add 594 + 594 and the answer is 1188.

The center verse of the Bible is Psalm 118:8.

It’s so fitting and spiritually amazing that the verse that is at the very center of the Bible is a verse that talks about centering our lives! We should trust God and not humankind. If anyone asks you what God’s will is for their life, a good scriptural place to send them is Psalm 118:8.

Happy Palm Sunday to you and your family. Take worship today as an opportunity to center or re-center your life around Jesus Christ, the One Who rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and who later gave Himself on the Cross to set you free from your sins. THAT is worth shouting, “Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Your Pastor and Friend, Mark

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