“Roll Away the Stone” Chapter 17 Palm Sunday


Zechariah 9:9

The Coming of Zion’s King  

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

“Who is this Jesus person?” “What’s all the fuss about?”

Asked a wealthy merchant of Jerusalem, as a cloud of people, and multitudes of “Hosanna” shouts burst through the eastern gate of the city.

“He’s a great prophet” A bystander told him.”A prophet who has done many great miracles in the name of Yaweh.”

“Ha!!! Prophet?”  Retorted the merchant. “Riding a donkey?”

On February 15, 519 B.C. a young Israelite was awakened from what he described a trance, by an Angel of God. His name was Zechariah, and was given eight revelations while yet under Babylonian captivity. These visions, and message the Angel delivered, were not just words of the coming remission of God’s judgement, and freedom for physical Israel’s 70 years of enslavement, but, also a heralding proclamation to the world. A message of hope, salvation, victory, and finalized deliverance from the universal law of sin and death.

Though the book of  Zechariah, including the vision Zechariah was given that night, entails  earthly kings of  power storming the land on colorful steeds, the spiritual message within the book was veiled. And, sadly, for some, without God-given spiritual discernment, still remains shielded today. The real hero in the prophetic vision wasn’t to show on the scene for another 500 years… Not riding a war-horse, or taking land, and spoil, by means of corporal shield and sword, but Instead, He came saving souls, with the sword of a Holy Spirit. An unshakeable passion of  faith, on the most humble beast of all.                                                                                                                                  On the back of a baby Burro.

                             

                                Matthew 21:2-5

                             The Royal Welcome

When they neared Jerusalem, having arrived at Bethphage on Mount Olives, Jesus sent two disciples with these instructions: “Go over to the village across from you. You’ll find a donkey tethered there, her colt with her. Untie her and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you’re doing, say, ‘The Master needs them!’ He will send them with you.”

This is the full story of what was sketched earlier by the prophet:

Tell Zion’s daughter,
“Look, your king’s on his way,       
poised and ready, mounted
On a donkey, on a colt,
foal of a pack animal.”

John 12:13  

 So they took palm branches and went to meet him. They were shouting,

“Hosanna!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord,
the king of Israel!”  (The Message )

I saw a message on a Church marquee sign today that read: “Easter is not a Dead Issue.” And though we could argue about the word “Easter” and its origin. Or, the exact time, and date of the “Resurrection” of Jesus Christ, until the day of His return. I pray instead, if only for one day, if not, a complete Holy Week, we stand together, united in praise…

Because, one thing I believe anyone who knows the Lord Jesus will have to agree on, is, it must have been an awesome sight to behold; The Triumphal Entry. But, the most important Triumphal Entry of our personal lives…is the Day He Enters Our Hearts.

paulwillis-2013 ©

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19 Comments

  1. Hi Paul! :)

    Yes, I felt a lot better once I’d been to church and seen my friends! :)

    I prayed for Doug as he’s on a self inflicted road to hell and I can’t do more for him than I’ve done so far.

    I’m dreading the day he tries to set his flat on fire again – he just WILL NOT give up the booze because he’s a gutless coward without it and a bully when drunk… :(

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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  2. Fantastic, Paul. We held palm branches today to remember. I love the storytelling and remembering that goes with this time of year. And it always makes me amazed that human nature -those crowds that become enthused so quickly – it never changes. There will always be the ability for large crowds to turn on their heroes.

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  3. Not only palms in church today; but, I now live with a palm outside my door as an everyday reminder.

    Beautifully executed, Paul, as you whole series has been and I appreciate the photos and other illustration you’ve included.

    Many blessings,
    Jamie

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  4. Excellent timing, Paul, for this post. The whole world needs to get the message of Jesus Christ’s suffering to save US from eternal death and damnation. There are many atheists in the world today, possibly more than there have ever been. By this I mean people who have had the chance to accept Him and have not done so. Thank you so much for your writings.

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  5. Very beautiful dear Paul! Yesterday we went to church and celebrate Palm Sunday. It is a joyful image. The only thing that make me sad is what’s yet to come… He delivered us from our sins with His death, and yet we continue to fail everyday…
    God Bless you,
    G

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    • Amen, but thankfully, His death also affords us the power to overcome through Faith in His finished works…not to mention as Lamentations 3:22-23 clearly states, among other places that His mercies are new every morning. He is the Author and Finisher of our Faith, and is completely capable to finish what He has started within us.
      Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ

      And, through it all, we learn to love Him more, and more.
      Bless You
      paul

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  6. Great post! By having Jesus born to a 14-year-old virgin in a barn, rather than to a queen in a grand palace, God took away the excuse of privilege to explain his influence. I think it would have been amazing to be on earth during Jesus’ time – completely awe-inspiring to find He had risen three days later. Your last paragraph sums it up nicely: it is a beautiful day when He first enters our hearts.

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  7. From my understanding, the three Wise Men that followed the “Star of Bethlehem” were also known as Shepherd Kings (from the East). They were said to be high priest of a guild of astrologers who tracked portents that indicated the coming of Christ

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