Houlton United Methodist Church

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Today we celebrate Palm Sunday. It is the day that we remember and commemorate the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem as Savior and King. So typically, on this day we read the Bible verses about Jesus’ triumphal entry, wave palm branches, and shout, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” But today for a reason I chose a little bit different scripture passage, that is, a story of Zacchaeus. If we read the passage of the triumphal entry of Jesus, right after that passage we find that Jesus is weeping over Jerusalem (19:41-44). It’s a little bit weird, isn’t it? All the people in Jerusalem – men and women, young and old – came out, greeted him with palm branches and welcomed him with enthusiasm. But for some reason, Jesus is weeping as he watches the crowd. Why? Because they honor Jesus with their lips, but their hearts are far from him…. But there were few who did recognize Jesus, receive him joyfully, and honor him with their life. Zacchaeus was one of them. So this old conversion story of Zacchaeus teaches us the true meaning of what it means to receive Jesus Christ as King and Savior as we celebrate Palm Sunday.

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