Sometimes in the hustle of daily living it is hard to take the time to recognize and celebrate remarkable events. We were reminded of this today as we made the long drive to the church branch in Harbel. As we came into Unification Town (or Smell No Taste as it is known to the locals), there was a procession walking on the other side of the road. As we came closer we recognized it as a church group that were carrying palm fronds to reenact and remember the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem nearly 2,000 years ago.
“…when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord” (John 12:11-12).
Hosanna has its roots as a plea for help or to be saved. Thus in the context of the New Testament, quite an appropriate plea to him who is “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (Revelation 19:16).
I couldn’t help but recall a painting by Harry Anderson as we drove past a second procession on the plantation.
We hope you will take some time during this Easter week to reflect, celebrate and give thanks for the “Prince of Peace” who has ”borne our griefs… was wounded for our transgressions… [and] brought as a lamb to the slaughter” (Isaiah 53:4-7).