Jesus also arrived in Jerusalem on a donkey, which was considered highly symbolic. At the time, a king riding a donkey symbolized peace, while a king on a horse symbolized war — while Jesus was not technically a king, his followers considered him to be King of Israel. Palm Sunday is depicted in all four Gospels, which isn’t true of all stories about Jesus.
Praying for Peace on Palm Sunday
On the day before his crucifixion, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.
As noted by Charlotte Alter in her Time Magazine piece, this action symbolized peace.
Today we pray for peace. This past week left the world in shock. Andreas Lubitz, a German pilot, intentionally crashed an airplane, killing 150 travelers.
One photo says it all.
In the face of tragedy, we always want to know why.
There is no way to know why a pilot would intentionally crash an airplane. News shows will try to figure it out.
I take away one truth. I must be ready to meet Jesus one day.
The Jesus that left the glory of heaven to redeem my life.
The Jesus that endured pain, persecution, and the unimaginable. All for me.
The Jesus that willingly rode a donkey to his death.
Holy Week Art
As you take a few moments to look at both our Palm Sunday pieces of artwork, what do you see? What do you notice? Does anything or anyone seem to speak to you? Immediately, I was drawn to the ones climbing the palms to get a better vantage point from which to see Jesus. Would I be one to climb higher? Or would I run to get closer?
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Today, I want to get as close to Jesus as I can.
We have no control over what happens to us, but we do have control of what happens in us.
This Palm Sunday lets move closer to Jesus. When we do, we will know true peace.