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Palm Sunday Monday

March 25, 2013

Today's post is from Concordia Deaconess Jennifer Kettler and is part of a series on Lent. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being the commitment they show to those in our care is one of the many ways that Concordia stands out from other senior care providers. If you have any questions or would like to contribute a thought or idea, feel free to leave a comment below!

Ride on, ride on, in majesty!

Hark! all the tribes Hosanna cry;

O Savior meek, pursue Thy road

With palms and scattered garments strowed.

Ride on, ride on, in majesty!

Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh;

The Father, on His sapphire throne,

Expects His own anointed Son.

Ride on, ride on, in majesty!

In lowly pomp ride on to die;

Bow Thy meek head to mortal pain,

Then take, O God, Thy power, and reign.

Ride On, Ride On in Majesty (LSB 441: 1,4,5)

7 And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8 And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9 And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!"

Mark 11:7-10

Welcome to Holy Week. Yesterday we began the final leg of the journey to the cross with Palm Sunday. This is the day that Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem, knowing it was his last time to do so before his death. He was welcomed into the city like a king with shouts of Hosanna! (meaning, "Lord, save us!") The people in the streets laid down their outer clothes for him and cut down palm branches to lay before him like a red carpet. The children cried out with joy for their Messiah.

Jesus has come to set us free from our sins, rescue us from death and from the power of the devil. The people of Jerusalem, however, were a bit short sighted. They wanted to be free from Roman rule and rescued from earthly oppression. So often, we too want a Savior, but are short sighted as to what our Lord does for us. May we see our Savior this week and rejoice in the freedom and eternal life that His Passion has won for us.

Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

Let us pray:

Lord Jesus Christ, you came to this earth to set us free from our sin and bondage to death and the devil. Open our eyes in faith that our hearts may rejoice in your coming. Hosanna, Lord, save us! Amen.

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