"Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, Righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey." (Zechariah 9:9 NIV)
Dear D of D's,
Sorry, Sorry! It's the OS again; kinda like a bad penny.
I went to buy a tray of eggs from Theo's farm yesterday. A tray holds 30 eggs — two and a half dozen as you can see from the photo:
You can also see from the photo that there are three eggs missing. That's because I put the three left over from the previous tray with the three you don't see in this photo and we had eggs and sausage and toast for supper last night.
No...this epistle is not about eggs although it could be since we are less than two weeks away from Easter Week. No...I don't plan to discuss the way we Christians have combined pagan symbols for spring and fertility with our celebration of Easter. Easter eggs...delivered by the Easter Bunny??? No wonder kids get confused. Ugandans don't do Easter eggs and Easter Bunnies.
It was while I was picking the tray of eggs at Theo's farm that I took the following photo:
Cute, huh? No...this ain't about them either, but for some reason they reminded me about the sermon by Pastor Rogers Atwebembiere this past Sunday. I remembered his sermon just in time to send you this message before Palm Sunday.
You may recall my last month's diatribe as I related my angst about my risk of smelling like brimstone aftershave due to being Peter Principled. One of my rabbit chases in that narrative was about Pastor Rodgers. I mentioned that Pastor Rodgers was a product of African Bible University and had taken Pastor Gerald Sseruwagi's mantle of leadership for New City Community Church.
Pastor Rodgers sermon came from Matthew 21:1-11. You will recognize it as the passage describing Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem on his way to the cross — just five days away. Matthew quotes Zechariah 9:9 in his gospel to show the prophesy from 500 years earlier being fulfilled by the King. Pastor Rodgers mentioned that Jesus was entering Jerusalem from the east, while Pontius Pilate was entering Jerusalem at the same time from the west.
I'm getting on up in years and I have heard a lot of sermons.
That's the first time I have heard about the other "king" making his entrance into Jerusalem at the same time from the opposite direction. Don't know if Pilate was riding a great warhorse or in a fancy chariot or a comfortable carriage. Whatever it was you can be sure and certain that it was a far more impressive conveyance than the colt of a donkey.
Try to get a mental picture of a grown man riding a donkey's colt.
If you can imagine it, it's as humorous as it is humiliatingly humble. I can imagine the King of Glory with a big toothy grin — laughing actually — holding his feet up lest they drag the ground and working hard not to fall off his narrow perch on the small animal's back. Not a very kingly figure.
An even less kingly figure was on display the following Friday. Humiliatingly horribly humble doesn't come close to describing the King of Glory adorned only with a diadem of thorns hanging naked, bloody, and battered on a Roman cross.
When the King said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34 NIV), he was not just asking forgiveness for the Roman soldiers and the Jewish leaders. He was asking for forgiveness for sinners for all time. Sinners like me and you. We all were a party to the King's crucifixion. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
As I read the Gospel accounts of the King's work during his brief ministry I am often puzzled by how clueless the twelve disciples seemed to be. That's really unfair to them, because they only had "The Law and the Prophets." I have a Bible. I know the rest of the story.
I cannot imagine the utter desolation and despair in the grief-stricken hearts of the King's followers that dark Friday afternoon. When they experienced Easter and the thirty days or so that followed, their comprehension improved dramatically.
Paul says it far better than I can:
"Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength." (1 Corinthians 1:22-25 NIV)
I was enlightened with another Good Friday fact some years ago by the Ordinary back in the day when she was a VIP BSF TL (before she became Ordinary). There were thousands of lambs being slaughtered in Jerusalem for Passover that same Friday.
Another "Duh!" moment for the OS: Ohhhh....so that's why he timed his entry into Jerusalem to coincide with Passover week! He also fulfilled the prophesy of John the Baptist three years earlier:
"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29 NIV)
And on the same day as the slaughter of the Passover lambs! That reminded me of another photo:
You agrarian types probably recognized that the subjects in the 2nd photo above taken at Theo's farm are kid goats. Sheep versus goats are another story that I may pontificate on at another time. Meanwhile you D of D's need to start lobbying the Ordinary if you want to hear from her. She keeps talking me into writing these because, "My stuff is better suited to social media." Yeah...right!
Have a great Palm Sunday and a blessed Easter celebration.
He is Risen! He is risen indeed!!
The Ordinary has more to tell you, but she will save it for the next newsletter,
OS (Ordinary Substitute aka Michael Enis)
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