Palm Sunday Thoughts

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Do you recognize this picture? THE Children’s Bible in the 70’s had blond, blue-eyed Jesus throughout. Makes me appreciate today’s more accurate depictions, but I still love these old pix. Oh, the memories.

Both Keith & I had this Bible growing up – my family’s copy long ago tattered practically to un-usability by Dad’s readings as he taped the stories for us to listen to over & over again when he was away at work or seminary. Keith’s copy pristine as only an only child’s copy could be (not to mention the fact Keith has always kept all his books in pristine condition no matter how well read it was or is – it’s one of his little quirks). We have been using his childhood copy to read to our youngsters. Needless to say, it’s not in such glamorous condition anymore, but our kids will remember it.

Found this quote from Christ in His Suffering, by Klaas Schilder, volume 1 of “The Schilder Trilogy.” Good meditation & heart examining thought as we head into Holy Week…

Jesus, the Logos, defined the theological first principle of faith. Now He is almost at the close of that career. Meanwhile the number of the disciples has grown apace. Look at the countless numbers. But the quality of this multitude is not equal to its quantity; its faith does not keep pace with its fervor; its spirituality falls short of its enthusiasm. For the multitude speaks only of Jesus’ might and of its own, and not at all of His and its own privilege. The dynamic, not the juridical, appeals to it. While Jesus is performing miracles, raising Lazarus, distributing food to the thousands, suppressing demons, this people honors Him. But a few days later, when He will bring the perfect sacrifice of fulfillment, will supply what God’s justice demands, it will be ashamed of its meek and lowly king. And that is the best, although it is the most horrible, proof of the fact that its hosanna comes from admiration of the miraculous and not from a saving faith.

Essentially, therefore, the cynical chief priests and this elated crowd, exuberantly swinging the palm branches in the air, are allies. Both do injustice to the essence of Christ’s official calling. Superficially there seems to be a considerable difference between them: the chief priests, nonchalantly counting the traitor’s fee into Judas’ hand, on the one side, and this honest, ardent, spontaneous crowd, in their ecstasy casting their finest garments into the road, on the other side. Quite a difference, superficially considered, yes. But essentially they agree. The shape and features of the sin of each group are not the same. But sin is sin, and unbelief is always unbelief.


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