Lent day 41


Theme: Hosanna


John 12:9-19

A lot of people came when they heard that Jesus was there. They also wanted to see Lazarus, because Jesus had raised him from death. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus. He was the reason that many of the Jewish leaders were turning from them and putting their faith in Jesus.
The next day a large crowd was in Jerusalem for Passover. When they heard that Jesus was coming for the festival, they took palm branches and went out to greet him. They shouted,

God bless the one who comes
in the name of the Lord!
God bless the King
of Israel!”
Jesus found a donkey and rode on it, just as the Scriptures say,
“People of Jerusalem,
don’t be afraid!
Your King is now coming,
and he is riding
on a donkey.”

At first, Jesus' disciples did not understand. But after he had been given his glory, they remembered all this. Everything had happened exactly as the Scriptures said it would.

A crowd had come to meet Jesus because they had seen him call Lazarus out of the tomb. They kept talking about him and this miracle. But the Pharisees said to each other, “There is nothing that can be done! Everyone in the world is following Jesus.”

Reflection prompts

  • Imagine yourself at the parade.
  • Would you sing Hosanna?
  • Would you be afraid?
  • Picture the sights, the smells, the crowd. For a moment, put yourself there.


Great teacher, you rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. It was a peaceful protest, but it was risky. You had to have known that this would end in violence, for who could stand against the state and survive? I imagine your bravery, and pray: Grant me a portion of that courage. I want to love the world as fiercely as you. Amen. - Prayer by Rev. Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art LLC |

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