Sunday, April 1, 2007

Preparing for Easter

Zechariah 9:9: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. "

Matthew 21:1-11: Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. "And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them." All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: "Tell the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.' " So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David! 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!' Hosanna in the highest!" And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, "Who is this?" So the multitudes said, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee."

Today is Palm Sunday - the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey with a multitude waving palm branches and praising him as "King". Jason and I have slowly started developing family "traditions" at first they seemed so weird but they are now becoming fun and second nature. We started years ago (before Noah - my son Noah that is - not the other one!) having the Lord's Supper together - which was so awkward at first but now we look forward to it. This year, now that the kids are older, we wanted to make the week a "week of remembrance." So today we experienced a meal of a king. We went to Steak and Ale and it was our Palace, we had servants/waiter, and we ate the finest food Roebuck has to offer. The kids "kingly" meal consisted of corn dogs and maccaroni - they went all out didn't they!?! Jason and I went further. We had Steak, Baked Potato, Salad, DESSERT, coffee, tea! It was a lot of fun and the kids loved considering themselves as "royalty."

Thank you Jesus, for bringing Salvation to us! Making us your heirs - prince and princesses! You alone have made us royalty. We wait in anticipation for the day we will eat in your palace and eat at your table! Hosanna to the King! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!!

We have some other things for the kids this week so stay tuned...

1 comment:

Graced said...

Amazing, Tim and I feel the desire to start some Easter traditions that will make the season more meaningful. We started way too late this year, but I am planning for next year. I would love to know all about what you are doing. I have been studying Holy Week and the Orthodox traditions to try and build our own. One thing we started years ago is that we do not do any baskets, eggs and such around Easter. We save that day purely for Chirst. Then (when all the junk goes on sale after Easter and I have loaded up) we celebrate Spring Fling where we dye eggs, hunt for baskets, and celebrate the change of seasons. It has helped the boys separate the two and it saves us money!