A thought for Palm Sunday: The Messiah we Want or the Messiah we Need

Have you ever thought how strange it is that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey? I mean, if you wanted to make a grand entrance then you would probably pick some kind of transport that was more dignified?

Palm Sunday is a great reminder that sometimes Jesus acts in a way that seems odd and we need to realize that that is okay. After all, we need Jesus to be the Messiah that we need and not the Messiah that people think they want.

Find out more in this 5 minute video.

Some questions to consider:

  1. What is it that you are longing for Jesus to do? What are your expectations of him as Messiah?

  2. ‘Jesus may not always be the Messiah we want but he is the Messiah we need’. How do you feel about this statement? Will we still follow and trust in Jesus even if he doesn’t do what we would like him to?
  3. We are living in strange times. Do we believe that God is at work even if we can’t see it or things look odd? In the video, Graeme mentioned three areas:
  • God has been calling His Church to engage in the new thing he is doing and perhaps we have been slow to change? In these past few weeks, many churches have tried new approaches and have experimented. How can we continue to look for what God is doing and join in with it?

  • As we face this pandemic, is there a new openness to God and faith?

  • Is God reminding us that we are called to be the scattered church and that we are not just church when we are gathered?

  • In what other ways do we think that God is at work? 

You can find my other Easter resources here

About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Regional Minister for the Eastern Baptist Association in the UK (the views expressed in this blog are my own) and I am especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century.
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1 Response to A thought for Palm Sunday: The Messiah we Want or the Messiah we Need

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