Biblical Messages


In this Palm Sunday worship gathering, we celebrate the work of Harold McDonald, who served as a congregational trustee since 1974, and hear a message from Mark 11.1-11, learning to whom our Hosannas should be given. You can watch the whole worship gathering below, or just the message below that. We apologize for the bad coloration in this video.

Encouragement From The Word

Ride on!

Hosanna.  “Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord” (Psalm 118.26a, NLT).

This weekend, Christians throughout western society will celebrate Palm Sunday, when Jesus rode a donkey from the Mount of Olives into the temple in Jerusalem.  As he did, people shouted, “Hosanna!”, which means, “Save us now!”

Little did they know what they were asking.  It would signal the beginning of the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry before he went to the cross.  Those who shouted as Jesus sauntered by on that donkey had no idea.

I am reminded of the words penned by Henry Hart Milman in 1827, printed in hundreds of hymn books since then.  His poem tells the real story of Palm Sunday so well, it deserves to be quoted in full:

Ride on, ride on in majesty!  Hark!  All the tribes hosanna cry.

O Saviour meek, pursue Thy road, with palms and scattered garments strewed.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!  In lowly pomp ride on to die.

O Christ, Thy triumphs now begin o’er captive death and conquered sin.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!  The angel armies of the sky

look down with sad and wond’ring eyes to see th’approaching sacrifice.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!  Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh.

The Father on his sapphire throne awaits his own anointed Son.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!  In lowly pomp ride on to die.

Bow Thy meek head to mortal pain, then take, O God, Thy pow’r and reign.

“In lowly pomp ride on to die.” At that point, only Jesus knew what the week would bring.  But, thanks to God’s Word, we also know.  So we can shout with the onlookers, who themselves echoed the Psalmist, “Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord” (Psalm 118.26a, NLT).

Mark this Holy Week appropriately, knowing he rode on to die.  

Biblical Messages

Jesus Wept

On Palm Sunday, we tend to pay a lot of attention to the story of the Triumphal Entry (the version we read was in Luke 19.28-40), but not to the part that immediately follows it.  In Luke 19.41-44, Jesus weeps over Jerusalem, and he teaches us the value of lament.

In today’s message, we look at lament: how we can lament our current situation before God, and the sense in which we are facing judgment in our current circumstance.  We consider an example of lament from Psalm 42.

The message begins at 11:02.  Watch the whole gathering, or just the message if you prefer.  But if you only watch the message, watch the WHOLE message!

The Lord be with us in these challenging days!

Biblical Messages

Your King Is Coming

In John’s rendering of the Palm Sunday story – the Triumphal Entry – in John 12.12-19, his emphasis is different from that of the other gospel writers.  He focuses on the crowds.  So for this message, that’s what I decided to do, too: since Easter is next weekend, we need to be ready for whatever “crowds” the Lord will bring our way.  I learned the main points of this message from a webinar put on by The Rocket Company a few weeks back.  Have a listen, or a watch, and see if there is a way you can be ready for guests!

Biblical Messages

SONGS OF L(AM)ENT: Redeemer King

How does Palm Sunday relate to contemporary life?  One answer comes to us from the traditional Palm Sunday hymn by Bishop Theodulph of Orléans, a 9th century church leader who was imprisoned:  “All glory, laud, and honour, to Thee, Redeemer, King”.

What does it mean for Jesus to be Redeemer King?  Based on John 12.12-19, listen here:

Or catch the video on Facebook (which, this week, might seem a little shaky!):

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This Sunday, the church marks the beginning of Jesus’ last week before his crucifixion and glorious resurrection with what we call “the triumphal entry” amid the waving of palms – thus the term “Palm Sunday”.  Today, take a moment and ponder this passage.  Ask what the Lord is saying to you in it, and how your “Hosannas” can avoid being transformed into shouts of “Crucify him!”

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.  If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”

They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go.  When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.  Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields.  Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,


“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.  (Mark 11.1-11, NIV)

“Hosanna” means “Save us!”

Let that be the cry of your heart to the Lord today.