Palm branches were a sign of political victory, which I also find overwhelming given our current political landscape. As presidential candidates attack and insult each other, and as supporters of these candidates become more and more polarized from each other, I am struck by how very badly the people in our country want someone who will "fix it."
This Sunday I will ask you to consider a question: What part of the current state of affairs in the world do you hope the next president of the United States fixes? If you're reading this post, maybe you'll want to give it some thought before Sunday.
You might also want to read John chapter 11. It's the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. If you have young children, you can also ask them what they remember about the story since it's been part of their curriculum recently. The story, particularly the reaction of the Pharisees to Jesus's miracle, sheds some light on the political landscape of Jerusalem and the reason that the Pharisees felt that they had no choice but to stop Jesus in his tracks.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday!
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