Words from the Heart for Sunday April 5th, 2020
They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!”
John 12:13 (NIV)
In 1886, the Calgary District and Agricultural Society held the first Exhibition. There was little more to Calgary than a CPR station, a North West Mounted Police post and about 1000 people. The Exhibition was an opportunity to share knowledge about practicing agriculture in the West, have fun, and showcase the best of the West. The Exhibition became an annual event and attendance continued to grow. In 1908, Calgary held the Dominion Exhibition, with a spectacular parade. The first Calgary Stampede would be held four years later.
At different moments of our lives, in different ways, we need to be saved. In a swimming pool we might need to be saved from drowning. In a hospital we might need to be saved from dying. In a forest fire we might need to be saved from burning. The word saving can mean many different things. This was the case on the first Palm Sunday. As Jesus entered into Jerusalem, on His way eventually to the Cross, the people met him and shouted Hosanna. We read about this in John 12:13: “They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!” The crowds welcomed Jesus by shouting “Hosanna” which means “Save us.” Unfortunately they had the wrong idea about what they needed saving from. Many in the crowd that day were longing for a political saviour, one who could save them from the scourge of Rome. When Jesus proved to not be that kind of Saviour, a week later they would abandon Him. He came to save us from sin – that’s the most important kind of saving. Have you cried out Hosanna to Him, to save you spiritually?
These have been words from the heart.