Journey with Jesus (Praises: won’t let the stones take my place)

This past sunday we were drawn to remember Jesus entering into Jerusalem amongst cheers and praises. The people had witnessed and heard about all the miracles this Rabbi had done. They heard his teachings and longed to be in his presence. This same Jesus was among the people who journeyed into Jerusalem in preparation for the celebration of the Passover. They couldn’t but help see this Rabbi as their savior, the one who would deliver them.

It is believed that as the pilgrims journeyed to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover they sang the Psalms of Ascent (Ps 120 – Ps 134). They recounted what God had done and is doing with shouts and acts of praise. It is in this setting that Jesus is hailed as their savior and king.

hosanna

Here you see the spirits within the outlines of people with arms raised up in praise. The people are interlaced among palm branches singing ‘Hosanna’ (meaning save us). This king is king of all kings not just of the Jews.

 

The Israelites were focused on their current circumstances and visualized Jesus the deliverer. Jesus’ love was by far greater than what they had imagined or dreamed about. Jesus, son of David, who comes in the name of the Lord came to establish and help us recognize the kingdom of God. A kingdom that was far greater than the kingdoms of this world.

We too have been given the privilege to praise God. Praise Him in our circumstances knowing that His love for us is greater than what we can hope for. Praise Him because He knows our circumstances. Praise Him because He will deliver us. Praise Him for what He has done and praise Him for what He is doing.

“And if ‘we’ (they) keep silent the stones will cry out” said Jesus. So lets praise.

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