As I take another look at the week leading up to Easter, I have been seeing things I have never noticed before.
Isn’t that just like God? When we are ready for more, He reveals more!
When they were nearing Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany on Mount Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never yet been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘The Master needs him, and will return him right away.’ They went and found a colt tied to a door at the street corner and untied it. Some of those standing there said, “What are you doing untying that colt?” The disciples replied exactly as Jesus had instructed them, and the people let them alone. They brought the colt to Jesus, spread their coats on it, and he mounted. (Mark 11:1-7 MSG)
But then we see how those in the city chose to use their hands – lifted up in praise.
The people gave him a wonderful welcome, some throwing their coats on the street, others spreading out rushes they had cut in the fields. Running ahead and following after, they were calling out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in God’s name! Blessed the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in highest heaven!” (Mark 11:8-10 MSG)
And finally, I saw how God’s plan was beginning to take place…. the work of His hands getting ready to bless His handiwork.
He entered Jerusalem, then entered the Temple. He looked around, taking it all in. But by now it was late, so he went back to Bethany with the Twelve. (Mark 11:11 MSG)
Doesn’t that make the emphasis on hands interesting when you consider it’s Palm Sunday?