I found this on a Palm Sunday site. It reminds me of Christ’s humility and also of Paul’s words to the Corinthians; “Not many of you were … noble … but God chose the lowly … the despised … the things that are not … so that no one may boast …” (1 Corinthians 1:26)
When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born;
With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
On all four-footed things.
The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.
Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.
For the past 2 months I’ve been busy preparing for this year’s PALMFEST – the Yeppoon Palm Sunday Festival. It’s on April 5 starting at 2.30pm at the Yeppoon Beachfront stage. If anyone wants to find out more about it they can go to www.yeppoonpalmfest.wordpress.com
Here’s a preview of one of the main artists on stage this year, Steve Apirana.
Some images from Palmfest ‘o8 – The Yeppoon Palm Sunday Festival. It turned out to be a great day with around 600 people turning out for some great talent and a chance for the church community on the Coast to Celebrate Jesus together. Bigger and better next year.
On Easter Sunday I was a bit out of sync and actually preached on the Palm Sunday event of Christ entering Jerusalem and clearing the temple. I’d preached on it before but this time the Lord gave me new insight into just how ugly must have been the scene that Jesus encountered at the temple, how relevant it is to our day and why he must do the same in us, his church, before the world can have the manifestation of him that he intends it to have before he returns.
It had to do with the Court of the Gentiles, a wide open place set apart for the nations to come and find God. It surrounded the inner courts and the Holy Place, where the circumcised could come, by the blood of a lamb, and have fellowship with God – with the intent that they would minister that life out to the world.
What he found was a people who gave lip service to the inner court but actually lived in the outer courts, wheeling and dealing at tables set up for their own benefit and not for the benefit of the nations. Unfortunately when the nations came, seeking the dwelling place of God, what they found was a market, and one that was little different to what they already had back in Athens or Rome.
As I considered the picture it occurred to me that it is a currently relevant picture – and equally obnoxious and deserving of judgement.
We too are meant to have an inner place where, by the blood of Christ and with circumcised hearts, we ‘live and move and have our being’, in the presence of God. But surrounding that we are also meant to have a wide open ‘court of the Gentiles’ , a large place where seekers after truth can come and find the life that we share with Christ. In practical terms that ‘court’ represents time, energy and resources that are available for ‘others’. The lost are meant to come and find a place that is uncluttered and available.
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