Palm Sunday in Jerusalem
The cool morning air was filled with excitement and anticipation. The smell of bread wafting, children laughing and random men weaving palm leaves for the days festivities.
Families emerging from their homes dressed in their best as they prepared for an early morning mass and to watch as the Catholic Scout Troupes passed by in all their pageantry with bagpipes, drums and beautiful flags. Heritage. A time to celebrate the Risen King but also a time to celebrate the heritage of the area you are born and raised, your church and your family.
Pilgrims from all over the world made their way to Mount of Olives. There they prayed and celebrated the walk that Jesus would have taken as he made the ascent into Jerusalem, herald as the KING of KINGS .. to shouts of Hosanna! and waiving of the palm fronds.
As they were making their way up to Jerusalem a group called Seeds Better Life was in midst of party preparations of New Gate for their arrival celebration. Many hands make for light work!! Young and old were gathering as the music started to play when suddenly a young man upon a motorcycle was hit by the train. His friends quickly ran to him. His motorcycle found underneath the front skirt of the train and his body thrown several yards away.
I was one of the closest people to the accident yet the men ran past me to get to their friend. I lifted my camera to take a few shots of the accident scene and exchanged information with locals. I did hear today that he is alive but very "broken".
He was quickly taken from the site, the debris cleaned up in such a hurry. People on the train were released and no questions asked of them in regards to the accident. I stood there as my mind could not comprehend what I was seeing.. shouldn't there be more documentation taken.. more marking out how far his body went...?? He's Arab ... would this happen if he was Israeli or Jewish or a visitor to the land?
and just as quickly ................final preparations were once again in motion...
An amazing singer took the stage and started to raise his voice singing Hallelujah!! The crowd started to participate singing and clapping in time to the Arabic worship music. I looked around at the faces and wondered... could some of them be descendants of those that herald in the King of Kings.. Yeshua... Jesus Christ?
Finally, excitement started to fill the air as the Scouts and the resounding sounds of pipes and drums started to overtake the crowd. Each family started to roar and applaud as their church was represented.
Oh how beautiful to stand there at the gate, transfixed. A part of something greater than myself, yet still not a part of the community. Yet there is something beautiful starting to happen... a man came to me and said "I saw you praying for Sam.. I heard you cry out to God for him... Mary, God has sent you to us for things like this" ... and then Joe walked away.
May we, Christians ..rise up lifting our voices and banners so that the world know that today, Jesus gave himself as a lamb but will once again be coming ... but as the KING OF KINGS and LORD of LORDS .....
Matthew 21:1-11English Standard Version (ESV)
The Triumphal Entry
21 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5 “Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt,[a] the foal of a beast of burden.’”
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”