Hosanna To The Lamb! Happy Holy Week!
By Kenneth Green
Matthew 21:9 :And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.”
I am so grateful for my messiah, Jesus Christ. Holy week is a special time of the year for me. It allows me to remember the most awesome act of sacrifice and service committed in the history of man when Jesus Christ died for our sins. I think about Palm Sunday and some things really hit my mind.
- The Same folks that worshipped him demanded his death less than a week later.
- This really shows me that man is FICKLE with our emotions. If they did this to Jesus Christ how fast will they do this to us?
- These were a lot of the same folks he healed and touched.
- They recognized his majesty but did not recognize his plan.
How Is Palm Sunday Applicable in Our Lives?
I believe everything that finds it’s way into scripture is applicable to our lives. Reading the New Testament I think God included this story in the canon of scripture because we should know how fickle our own emotions are. I believe that he does many things for us but how often do we remember the savior? How do we dedicate ourselves to doing his will? We need to be like the people of Jerusalem. In the Matthew Henry commentary of the New Testament, I like this statement.
It was very mean. He sent only for an ass and her colt, Mat_21:2. Asses were much used in that country for travel; horses were kept only by great men, and for war. Christ could have summoned a cherub to carry him (Psa_18:10); but though by his name Jah, which speaks him God, he rides upon the heavens, yet now by his name Jesus, Immanuel, God with us, in his state of humiliation, he rides upon an ass. Yet some think that he had herein an eye to the custom in Israel for the judges to ride upon white asses (Jdg_5:10), and their sons on ass-colts, Jdg_12:14. And Christ would thus enter, not as a Conqueror, but as the Judge of Israel, who for judgment came into this world.
How do we observe Palm Sunday and Holy Week
Latter Day Saints have General Conference on the weekend which allows us to meet all around the world and hear from apostles and special witnesses of Christ the world over. We get to hear from men who add their testimonies to those of yesteryear that he is not dead in the tomb. He lives! And because he lives I shall live again! Take time to steal away this week and prepare your hearts and minds via scripture study and prayer. If we prepare ourselves then maybe we can receive special revelation and guidance during this holy season.
SimplyKenneth’s All-Star Line-Up for Apostles
I PRAY they call someone, not from southern Utah. I don’t care if he’s white, black, yellow or red. Just call someone outside of Utah. Yes, I know many of the spiritually strong live in Zion. But if we are an international church can our highest bodies of leadership reflect that at all? Some folks I’d love to see.
- Elder Gerrit W. Gong – He has Leadership experience as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy (fifth in seniority) and it would be a move that shows we are an international church and I think he could be more readily acceptable than a “black” apostle, etc
- Elder Michael John U Teh – Again, would be a great choice to show our diversity.
- Presiding Bishop Gerald Causse – Probably legit should be number one on my list. But I say that because I have personally met this man and I think he is a spiritual giant and very responsible.
The Lord will call who he calls. But I’m just giving a couple ideas that I would love to see. Last time we had spots open I prayed Elder Stiati would fill one of the positions. He makes my list as an honorable mention, but I like everyone else cant wait to see what happens Saturday! Check out Mormon Light’s ideas for future apostles!
This week is very weird for me. I am right now in the hospital because my kidneys have broken down. It is very tough to be here right now, as I would rather be with my loving wife and at home with her. Every time I have to come to the hospital it is weird for her and me and I pray that she is doing okay. I pray that she has all the support she needs at this time. I have amazing doctors and people who are very mindful of me, I think we always think
of the sick person but never of there loved ones. I know that even during this trial I can smile because God lives. and Jesus Christ has already defeated diabetes, or kidney failure or heart failure at Golgotha and Calvary. I am so lucky to be loved by the Messiah. We are not just brothers, I am honored that he would call me friend! My last article!