Weekend Word | Peace and Palm Sunday

March 22, 2024
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Weekend Word is a regular rhythm on the Fieldstone Counseling social media accounts. Each Friday, we share an abbreviated post from one of our counselors centered around a passage of scripture and offering brief reflective thoughts. These posts will now be added to our Resources page here on the website for additional reading preferences. We hope they might become a refreshing shift for you as you enter into the weekend!

This Palm Sunday, as we remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, let us remember that he entered weeping. Flesh and blood, his humanity remained intact — all the way to the cross where he would be crushed. He was helped onto the colt by the hands of those who loved him. They worshiped him as their Redeemer-King and yet prepared to witness his final act of sacrifice when his body would be mangled and his blood would pour out. But Jesus was not weeping in this welcome because of the suffering that lay ahead for him.

As the crowd greeted Jesus by laying down palm branches, we are reminded that he lived an entire life of laying down. He had served, instructed, healed, and comforted. His love compelled him to plead for peace in Jerusalem while weeping at their resistance. To the very end, Jesus invited the world to “recognize the time when God visited.” His invitation stands. When has God visited you? Where has he invited you to recognize his presence? How might you receive his peace today?

To learn more about who Jesus is and why he came, watch this video by The Gospel Project: How Jesus Became the King of the World.

Melissa Affolter has served in various aspects of counseling and discipleship ministries for nearly twenty years in the local church.

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