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Pastor Kimbrough’s Weekly Devotion:
 
Text: Matthew 21:1-11

Theme:   The Road To Jerusalem
  1. The road of humility
  2. The road of fulfillment
  3. The road of submission
  4. The road of destiny
21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
               
                Family of Believers at St. Philip’s.  Grace, mercy and peace to you from our gracious Savior, Jesus Christ.  I hope and pray that we are all doing our best to adjust to the changes that have been brought about by these Covid-19 virus restrictions.  I truly believe that God is allowing this pandemic to remind us of who He is.  He is the God of free and faithful grace.  He is the God who forgives wickedness, rebellion and sin.  He is the God who is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.  That’s His identity.

            On that first Palm Sunday in Jerusalem, as the people laid down their articles of clothing and palm branches, as they shouted out “Hosanna to the Son of David!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”, they were ignorant of the real identity of that “prophet from Nazareth in Galilee”.  They were hoping for a messiah who would create for them a better earthly life, a messiah who would overthrow their enemy, the Roman government.  But what they received was not at all what they expected.  On that first Palm Sunday, they received a man riding into town, not on a stallion, not dressed in a purple robe and wearing a gold crown and brandishing a sword in victory triumph.  They received a man, their king, their messiah riding on an animal that represented humility and peace.   

            Who exactly is that man?  He is God’s only Son.  He came in humility as was prophesied by the OT prophet Zechariah 9:9  -  “Rejoice greatly, Daughter of Zion!  Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!  See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”  He came to obediently do the Father’s will by keeping the Law of God perfectly.  His destiny was the cross on Good Friday.  But we know the rest of the story, don’t we.  His destiny was the cross, indeed.  But 3 days later, His ultimate destiny was revealed at the empty tomb on Easter morning.

            Family of Believers, to be sure, many of our normal, day to day expectations, are being dashed as we watch the daily news and get new insights into this pandemic.  Out world is changing rapidly.  Like those Jews who lined the streets of Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday, we wonder, perhaps anxiously at times, who will save us from our enemy?  Who will provide us with a cure?  The good news is that we already know the answer.  The answer is found in the unchanging Word or God and in the unchanging Son of God.  The answer is JESUS!

            May God always comfort us with the knowledge of who He is.  He is the God who gives us exactly what we need, not always what we expect.  He is the God of “free and faithful grace.”

Pastor Raymond Kimbrough
414-254-6093 or 414-263-7614
rkimbro500@aol.com
 
Continuing Our Mission and Ministry
Our church still has ongoing ministry to conduct. We assume you will want to continue giving your offerings to the Lord. You may drop your offerings off at the school office, or send it in the mail (3012 N Holton Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212). Online giving is available from our website or click this link:  https://members.myeoffering.com/#/landing.



"Our Mission Statement"
(Our Purpose as a Church)
Our mission here at St. Philip’s Lutheran is outlined for us in Matthew 28:19: 'Go and make disciples of all nations, teaching them and baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.' Making disciples includes proclaiming God's Word in its truth and purity, strengthening the faith of those under our care, and reaching out to the people of our community, (including our unchurched friends and relatives). Let us pray for and work together toward this goal.