Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 28-MAR-2021 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Palm Sunday – When Jesus chose a donkey as his conveyance for entering Jerusalem, it was a deliberate act of religious and political irony, an anti-imperial demonstration, a lampoon with a parade of misfits. The prophet Zechariah had predicted that a non-violent king would enter Jerusalem on a donkey, and here he was. While Jesus approached on his donkey from the east, the Governor, Pontius Pilate, would have been approaching from his estate in the west, accompanied by a most impressive array of Imperial power and influence. What did Jesus actually achieve, by arriving the way he did? It certainly hastened his execution, and somehow God was present in his death. Our faith is centred on the crucifixion of a man who dedicated his life to serving others. Unflinchingly, and with great courage, grace and compassion, Jesus had embedded himself in the service of others; and in this sermon, Greg offers us some helpful but troubling clues to the meaning of his death.
Mark 11: 1-11

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