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Recently appointed local preacher Gail Danks was our preacher this Sunday (30th March 2015).

She brought our attention to a striking habit that the English have of supporting a team when they are doing well but switching allegiance when a team is not doing so well.

Or at least pretending that we have so as to avoid the ridicule of others.

Gail was inspired to think of this analogy when she thought about how Jesus was fated as he rode into Jerusalem on the donkey. Crowds of people lined the way. “Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields.” As we thought about this triumphal approach we sang ‘Ride On, Ride On, In Majesty’.

Ride on, ride on in majesty! Hark, all the tribes “Hosanna! “cry your humble beast pursues its road With palms and scattered garments strowed.
“Hosanna!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

How quickly people who feted Jesus on Palm Sunday were soon to be found denouncing him and even calling for his death for blasphemy and other crimes. How quickly Jesus’ fortunes turned.

Between now and Easter Sunday Christians will be thinking about the final days and hours of Jesus’ life. Wondering why he did not save himself when he had that very power. Then realising that without his death there could be no resurrection. It is through this selfless act that those who had denounced and denied him woke up to the fact that he was The Son Of God and that he dies to redeem us for our sins.

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