Kicking off the week that was to be Jesus’ last before the crucifixion, was his choice to enter Jerusalem on beast of burden.
As Jesus rode into town, crowds of people formed, recognized something special about the moment, and started shouting good things about Jesus. They proclaimed “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
It was an exciting moment. And there was more to come.
As Jesus reached Jerusalem, he ‘cleansed’ the temple, healed the blind and lame, and recognized that the praises children were shouting about him were right and proper.
It was a spectacular end to a great day.
But, think about how the day started: Matthew tells us that Jesus sent two disciples to gather the donkey and colt needed for this triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
He sent with them a message for those who cared for the animals: “The Lord Needs Them.”
The animals were sent.
On that day, two disciples obeyed, the steward of the animals responded faithfully to Jesus’ claim of ownership, and Christ was exalted.
How will you respond when God says to you, “The Lord Needs Them”? Will you respond to bring Glory to God (or to you)?
The 2014 Christian Education Sabbath is scheduled for the Sabbath immediately following Labor Day (Sabbath, September 6, 2014).
The theme of this year’s Christian Education Sabbath is Stewardship. This year’s support material includes a bulletin cover, bulletin insert, a children’s message, a skit, a responsive reading, a Sabbath Visitor, and a blank tri-fold which could be used to list the Christian Education opportunities in your church.