Questions for Palm Sunday (April 5, 2020)
Matthew 21:1-11; Zechariah 9:9-12
- Canon Jonathan said that ‘Hosanna’ means ‘Lord, save us’, and that salvation envisaged here is fully-orbed. Together, explore the many different ways that our church, our nation, and our world need salvation and deliverance. Spend time together praying that the Lord would deliver us in all these ways.
- Canon Jonathan reflected on the uniqueness of the phrase ‘prisoners of hope’ in Zechariah. Times like this one reveal how illusory our power over our circumstances, and indeed over life itself is. If we are without hope outside of ourselves for deliverance, this will make us prisoners of fear. But if we have hope in the one who comes in the name of the Lord, the Messiah, we remain prisoners, but we can be prisoners of hope. What can we do together and alone this week to cultivate that hope?
- Canon Jonathan described the simultaneous lavishness and humility of the triumphal entry. Those who lined the streets heaping glory and laud upon Jesus, throwing their garments and the branches from trees down before Christ. But Christ himself came not on a great horse, like Alexander the Great, but on a young donkey. He was a king who was willing to be with the people in humility, solidarity, and gentleness. Spend time together in prayer praising Christ for his splendor and his glory, which is revealed in his compassion and his character. Ask that we would be people who are more attracted by this true kingship than by false worldly versions of power and glory.