Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sunday Knox: Palm Sunday Edition (Matthew 21:1-11)

When they were near Jerusalem, and had reached Bethphage, which is close to mount Olivet, Jesus sent two of his disciples on an errand; Go into the village that faces you, he told them, and the first thing you will find there will be a she-ass tethered, and a foal at her side; untie them and bring them to me.  And if anyone speaks to you about it, tell him, The Lord has need of them, and he will let you have them without more ado.  All this was so ordained, to fulfil the word spoken by the prophet: Tell the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy king is coming to thee, humbly, riding on an ass, on a colt whose mother has borne the yoke.  The disciples went and did as Jesus told them;  they brought the she-ass and its colt, and saddled them with their garments, and bade Jesus mount.  Most of the multitude spread their garments along the way, while others strewed the way with branches cut down from the trees. And the multitudes that went before him and that followed after him cried aloud, Hosanna for the son of David, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in heaven above.  When he reached Jerusalem, the whole city was in a stir; Who is this? they asked.  And the multitude answered, This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth, in Galilee.

When Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tethered, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them here to me. And if anyone should say anything to you, reply, ‘The master has need of them.’ Then he will send them at once.” This happened so that what had been spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:
Say to daughter Zion,
“Behold, your king comes to you,
meek and riding on an ass,
and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had ordered them.  They brought the ass and the colt and laid their cloaks over them, and he sat upon them. The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and strewed them on the road. The crowds preceding him and those following kept crying out and saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is the he who comes in the name of the Lord;hosanna in the highest.”,And when he entered Jerusalem the whole city was shaken and asked, “Who is this?” And the crowds replied,  “This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

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