How Many Kings

Luke describes Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. The attitude of the crowd on Sunday is quite different from what it will be on Friday. Jesus is greeted with praise and honor. On Friday, the cheers have turned to jeers and cursing.  As I was reading through Luke I am reminded that none of this took Jesus by surprise. That Sunday as he was entering Jerusalem he what was going to happen on Friday. Jesus knew his purpose for coming.

How Many Kings by Downhere

Follow the star to a place unexpected
Would you believe, after all we’ve projected,
A child in a manger?
Lowly and small, the weakest of all
Unlikeliest hero, wrapped in his mother’s shawl –
Just a child –
Is this who we’ve waited for? ’cause…

How many kings step down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
And how many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that is torn all apart
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?

Bringing our gifts for the newborn Savior
All that we have, whether costly or meek
Because we believe.
Gold for his honor, and frankincense for his pleasure
And myrrh for the cross he will suffer
Do you believe?
Is this who we’ve waited for?

All for me…
All for you…

Holy Week Theme: Love with No End

For me Holy Week is a time of reflection. For the past several weeks I’ve been struck by the depth of God’s love.

Love motivated God to create a plan for my redemption.

Love was the reason he sent His only son to take my place.

Love was why Christ willingly laid down His life.

Shine On Us Performed by Avalon
Words and Music by Michael & Debbie Smith

Lord, let your light, light of your face shine on us.
Lord, let your light, light of your face shine on us.
that we may be saved, that we may have life
to find our way in the darkest night.
Let your light shine on us.

Lord, let your grace, grace from your hand fall on us.
Lord, let your grace, grace from your hand fall on us.
that we may be saved, that we may have life
to find our way in the darkest night.
Let your grace fall on us.

Lord, let your love, love with no end come over us.
Lord, let your love, love with no end come over us.
that we may be saved, that we may have life
to find our way in the darkest night.
Let your love come over us.

Palm Sunday — Here is our King

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna[c] in the highest!”
Matthew 21:9 (NIV)

Here is Our King written and performed by David Crowder

From wherever spring arrives to heal the ground
From wherever searching comes
(The look itself a trace of what we’re looking for)
So be quiet now…and wait
The ocean is growing
The tide is coming in
Here it is…

Here is our King
Here is our love
Here is our God who’s come
To bring us back to Him
He is the One
He is Jesus

And what was said to the rose
To make it unfold
Was said to me here in my chest
So be quiet now…and rest
The ocean is growing
The tide is coming in
Here it is…

Majesty…
Finally…
Here

Holy Week Theme: Love with No End

For me Holy Week is a time of reflection. For the past several weeks I’ve been struck by the depth of God’s love.

Love motivated God to create a plan for my redemption.

Love was the reason he sent His only son to take my place.

Love was why Christ willingly laid down His life.

Shine On Us Performed by Avalon
Words and Music by Michael & Debbie Smith

Lord, let your light, light of your face shine on us.
Lord, let your light, light of your face shine on us.
that we may be saved, that we may have life
to find our way in the darkest night.
Let your light shine on us.

Lord, let your grace, grace from your hand fall on us.
Lord, let your grace, grace from your hand fall on us.
that we may be saved, that we may have life
to find our way in the darkest night.
Let your grace fall on us.

Lord, let your love, love with no end come over us.
Lord, let your love, love with no end come over us.
that we may be saved, that we may have life
to find our way in the darkest night.
Let your love come over us.

Decoding Resurrection Symbols During Easter

The most prominent symbol of Easter is the cross. The Roma cross was a torture device. It was one of the most gruesome and painful means of executing criminals. The cross represents Christ’s willing sacrifice and his triumph over sin and death (See Matthew 27:32-56; Mark 15:21-41; Luke 23:26-49; John 18:39-19:37).

The empty tomb and rolled away stone are also important symbols of Easter. They are reminders of that Christ is alive (See Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-13; Luke 24:1-49; John 20:1-29).

The lamb is a representation of Christ. The sacrificial system established in the Old Testament (See Leviticus 4) was a foreshadowing of Christ and the cross. Christ was also referred to as the Lamb of God (See John 1:35).

Sunday is also significant. Christ died and was buried on Friday and rose again on the third day or Sunday. Due to Jewish custom the bodies of those crucified had to be removed prior to the observance of the Passover and the Sabbath. According to Jewish tradition the day begins at sundown and not sunrise.

The lily which is traditionally used to decorate churches is also a symbol of purity. It is signifies the resurrection of Christ (1).

The colors associated with Easter are also symbolic. White represents purity, purple royalty and green new life.

The custom of the Easter sunrise service can be traced to the account in Luke 24:1-12 of the women going to the tomb early in the morning on the first day.

The palm branch while used on Palm Sunday and not Easter is closely related to Easter. Palm Sunday is a reminder of the Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem prior (See Luke 19:28-40). Notes:(1.) Hallmark Archives, “Easter Symbols, Icons, Legend, Lore and Customs” http://pressroom.hallmark.com/ easter_symbols.htm

Via Dolorosa/Old Rugged Cross by Sandi Patty