By Alan Murphy-Crouso, Sunday Experience Director
Palm Sunday, while an opportunity for us to celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and worship Jesus as King, is also a big turning point in the season of Lent. Although in the service we shout and sing, “Hosanna in the highest, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,” all the while we know that the same God that we are extolling will soon be rejected and given up to suffering and death.
Palm Sunday serves as “gateway to the culminating events of Jesus’ earthly life. As we enter that gate with him, our spiritual lives are being ordered into the most sacred moments of the history of the world and of our own experience with the meaning of existence” (Robert Webber). The Triumphal Entry in many ways embody the teaching we read this past week, “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24). Make no mistake, we are still on the way to the resurrection and sharing in the glory of our risen Lord, but the path will always wind through Golgotha and without a crucifixion there will not be a resurrection.
We will also be meeting online at noon Monday through Thursday during Holy Week to prepare ourselves spiritually for the journey towards the cross. Please take the opportunity to slow down and join with us, in the middle of the day, as we seek to quiet ourselves that we may hear the Lord’s voice and be more transformed into His image and likeness.
Now, as we approach this holy time together, I invite you to pray this prayer in preparation. It has been a blessing to me in the past and I hope that it can be a blessing for you now:
“Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”