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April 7, 2009

The Palm Sunday Propositions

1. We don't always get what we want.

2. When we don't get what we want, it is tempting to ask, how can I get what I want.

3. How can I get what I want is the wrong question because:

a. we do not have the power to orchestrate the circumstances of life to always give us what we want

b. what we think we want is usually not what we really want

What we really want is to do what Jesus did when he entered Jerusalem.

"Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple." (Mark 11:11)

We want to know the dwelling place of God. When we enter the temple of God's presence, it does not matter so much that we don't get what we want. We stop asking how can I get what I want. In Christ we have all we want and all we truly need. That is the Palm Sunday proposition.


Bob MacDonald said...

Reminds me of the positive request in Psalm 27

One request I have desired from יְהוָה
that is the one I will seek
to dwell in the house of יְהוָה all the days of my life
to see in the delight of יְהוָה and to inquire in his temple

Christopher Page said...

Thanks Bob,

that is a fabulous cross reference.

Lynn Bauman ( his version of the Psalms (Ancient Songs Sung Anew) translates Psalm 27:4,5a There's only this one thing I ask of you,
one thing for which I care,
That your own dwelling place becomes a home for me,
each day, each night I shelter there.
For in that place I see the brilliance
and the beauty of your face.

Jesus said, "Seek first the kigdom of God." May all our desires become one desire.