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Sermon Notes
March 24, 2024

Rev. Dr. Jan Remer-Osborn

"The Way to Victory"


Mark 11:1-11, Psalm  118:1-2, 19-29

As a child, I always loved Palm Sunday. First, it meant a parade around the church with palm leaves, fun in church – a rare thing.  As a preacher, this day has different connotations.  While triumphant in itself, and mentioned in all the Gospels, Palm Sunday leads us into the darkest of days.

   As Mark, the first gospel to be written, tells us, Jesus planned his entry to Jerusalem in advance. It was not a last-minute decision, as if he decided to ride a donkey because he was tired or wanted people to be able to see him better.  Jesus fulfils the prophecy made in Zechariah chapter nine.

The walk into Jerusalem starts at the Mount of Olives.  You might not know that at the same time Jesus entered Jerusalem, a Roman imperial procession was also entering Jerusalem for Passover from the other side of the city.

As Jesus enters the Jerusalem, we enter Holy Week... the time of prayer, faithfulness, betrayal, and crucifixion.

As you are walking into this last week with Jesus, how do these scriptures shape the way you approach Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday? Does it help you anticipate Easter Sunday?

Perhaps the Hosannas will become mere echoes.  But at least for today, we can be exuberant.  Let us shout out with praise to the one gives us freedom with compassion and justice.  Let us step away from rulers who divide and destroy.

Let’s walk with intention, with humility, reverence and hope.  Give us the courage, Oh God, to step into the unknown and uncertain future with trust, as did our blessed Savior.  Amen.

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