This weekend the Christian world celebrates Palm Sonday. Ron Drake, our Pastor, has always referred to it as Lamb Selection Day. This is the day God instructed Moses to tell the people of Israel to choose a lamb, an unblemished lamb, for their Passover meal, which would be five days later. You can read the Biblical account here. A good commentary on this event can be found here.
Bear with me for a moment and let’s go back to our brother’s, John the Baptizer’s, encounter with his cousin Jesus at the time He came upon John at the Jordan River baptism site. John, with his blustery, boisterous voice, and wild appearance, was passionately preaching to the throngs of people, that One greater than He would come – One whom John did not consider himself worthy to (even) loosen His sandal strap. The very next day, we can imagine that John was standing in the river with folks lined up to be baptized, when he looked up and saw Him (I get God-bumps on my arms as I type that), the first thing out of his mouth…
“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1.29
And, this weekend we enter into the season of great sorrow and great triumph. Our Lamb was slain; our Lion of Judah resurrected, ascended, and, will, indeed return one day with a mighty roar!
This holy season is also filled with celebration and happy events for our little ones. Egg hunts, baskets, bunnies, chocolate, jelly beans – there is nothing wrong with those things when they are secondary to the Real Event. Let’s teach our children well and make blessed memories in the teaching!
(An Easter vignette on our dining room table!)
I’ve written an excellent story (one of my most favorite!), based on Scripture and a lot of “reading between the lines”, about the man Malchus – you know, the one hot-headed Peter sliced his ear off in the Garden of Gethsemane (Biblical account here)? It is a read-aloud story for e.readers and it will be offered FREE beginning at 12.01 a.m. March 27 and ending at 11.59 p.m. on March 28. I believe you will enjoy it as much as your children will! The Amazon link is right here. If you miss the freebie, or just want it NOW, it is only a 99 cent download! Do me a fave, if you do read it? Please leave a review on Amazon – for some reason 🙂 I love to read your words!