2018 Easter Devotional — March 25, Palm Sunday

Mark 11:1-11 (click to view Scripture below)

Mark 11 opens with a scene of great anticipation. The conquest of Palestine by the Romans engendered a longing – a great hope – for the arrival of the promised Messiah who would defeat the evil Roman Empire and take his place on David’s throne. This great hope reaches its apex in the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Many had heard his preaching and seen his miracles, and with great hope they greeted him as the promised Davidic king. And Jesus does not correct them! In a bold acknowledgment of his identity, he receives their praise – entering as a king and fulfilling Messianic prophecy (Zech. 9:9). Hope had come to the conquered people of God.

In communities of the poor, the absence of hope can be devastating. But the message of the Gospel has always been one of ultimate hope. ChildHope brings that message. We proclaim that Jesus is no Hollywood Messiah. He is the actual fulfillment of ancient prophecy – that God planned, long ago, to send the Messiah, to conquer evil and set us free.

Bill Shrader
Regional Coordinator, Andean Region of South America
Prayer: O Lord, we thank you for fulfilling prophecy – the triumphant prophecies and those that required you to suffer. Thank you for setting us free and for the day of glorious hope when you return. As we remember your passion and your resurrection, we proclaim you king and cry out “Hosanna!”  

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Mark 11:1-11 (ESV)

1Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”

11 And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

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