Greetings to all in the name of our Lord. I just want to take a moment to thank everyone who turned out for our workday on Saturday, April 12th. I was truly overwhelmed by the number of people who came and invested a little “sweat equity” into the buildings and grounds. As a result of your dedication and hard work, God’s house is clean, orderly and ready to receive worshippers.
Today (Sunday, April 13th, 2014) we celebrate “Palm Sunday.” Palm Sunday refers to the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem in establishing His kingdom. It may interest you to know that there was another “Triumphal Entry” into Jerusalem four generations before this. A righteous man named Judah Maccabee, known to those around him as the “hammer”, was upset about the Syrian occupation of Jerusalem. He gathered together an army of Jewish men to fight against the Syrians. In 163 B.C. Judah Maccabee rode into Jerusalem a conquering hero mounted on a massive stallion. The inhabitants shouted and waved palm branches and cheered, “Hosanna, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” You see, Judah was their hero and they thought he was the promised Messiah. The Temple was cleansed, incense burned, sacrifices offered and a huge menorah was lit and lasted for eight days. Our Jewish friends still celebrate eight days of the “Festival of Lights” to this day.
This parallels the story we find in John chapter 12 of the “Triumphal Entry” of the true King. Make no mistake about it, the Messiah came riding a donkey not a noble steed and is the true King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His Kingdom will never end and for all of my Christians brothers and sisters around the world I join you in celebration of this monumental event.
God Bless you each and everyone.