Mark 11:1-2; 7-11
Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here” When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.  Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields.  Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”  “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts.

Palm Sunday saw the height of Jesus’ popularity and public recognition among the masses. His high-profile entrance into Jerusalem was to prove too much of a challenge for the religious authorities – they felt He had to be stopped. How often do we praise God in public, then in secret go and do something against his commandments or do not stand for what we believe?

Lord we pray, blessed is the kingdom of God. We pray that you will give us grace to stay by you and stand with you whenever things turn unfavourable for the church and the people of God.