White horses, Taylor Swift, and the Passion of the Christ

 So yesterday, Palm Sunday, kicked off the passion week-a
story of selfless sacrifice and selfish betrayal- that culminates next Sunday when we celebrate Christ’s resurrection and defeat of death.

Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Matthew 21:6-9 describes this event.

 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on.  A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Yesterday at church there was a focus on how important it is to proclaim Jesus because of his resurrection and eventual return as a warrior on a white horse to bring justice and restoration to the nations. My mind kind of goes wild with word connections.  My initial thoughts were Revelation 19:11-16, then I thought of how excited I am for Jesus to come back, then lastly my brain was thought, “that’s a good Taylor Swift song.” When I realized I had thought this I kind of laughed at myself and decided I should blog about it!

All that to say- I hope that this week as you reflect on Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection that you and I would spend some time reflecting on the passion narratives from each of the gospels and also 1 Corinthians 15. It is in these times when we reflect and remember that we will hopefully be motivated by God to share who Christ is with those around us because we live in a broken and fallen world that needs the love, grace, and healing of Christ in their lives that are all signs of the hope that Jesus came to bring!

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