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Centenary United Methodist Church
Sunday, September 20, 2020
The Friendly Church

A Sunday Message from Minister Jackie Waymire

Sunday, April 5, 2020

 
Opening Prayer: Please read or recite Psalm 23
Scripture readings: OT Zechariah 9:9-10 
NT Matt. 21:1-11 / Mark 11:1-10 / Luke 19:28-40 / John 12:12-19
 
 
 
 
 

THE STONES CRY OUT!

The tale spread like wildfire. Six days before, Jesus the prophet from Nazareth had raised a man, Lazarus of Bethany from death! How could this be? What extraordinary powers this man must possess! Truly He was a prophet from God! As the story moved from one person to another, crowds gathered. Everyone wanted to see this amazing man who had power over death and could give life. That Sunday long ago, as Jesus and His disciples journeyed towards the great city of Jerusalem for the Passover, the crowds continued to gather in great numbers. But He didn’t stop. Jesus continued to move towards the city.
 
He had sent disciples ahead to procure a donkey and its colt. He would enter the city this day as was foretold by the prophet Zechariah hundreds of years before. He was determined to fulfill the prophesy. The disciples spread blankets upon both the donkey and its colt. Jesus would ride each of them. Jesus rode the donkey for a while, and then stop and ride the colt. He proceeded into the city taking turns riding each animal.
 
Then, the crowds started chanting” Hosanna! Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” Others shouted, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” They began to throw their cloaks and coats on the ground before Jesus, tearing down the fronds of the palm trees, waving them in the air. All of these things they did to honor Him. Just as in the days of old when the people of Israel proclaimed David their King victorious. Here at last was the long-awaited King! The people of God would finally be free of their oppressors and God will reign on earth! “Peace in Heaven and glory in the highest Heaven!”
 
What a day that must have been! Wouldn’t you want to be there up close and in person to witness that amazing time? What exhilaration! People smiling, laughing, following as one body to see the great king arrive. God was on earth and all was right in the world FINALLY!
 
Yet, within a few days from that very moment, the crowd would change their tune and yell out to the temple priests, the Romans, the Prefect, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” How quickly people change their minds.
 
Palm Sunday is here once more. Once more we pay homage to the holiest of weeks in the Christian year. We know what is coming. We know how the story ends.
 
In this present difficult time of struggle, we will still honor this great day, this wonderful week when our Savior changed the world forever. We may not gather in church waving strips of palm fronds and sing the traditional hymns. We may not even gather in our homes to share a special Sunday meal but we will still honor this day. For THIS day marks the beginning of the events that would lead our king and savior, Jesus the Christ, to the cross to die for our sins.
 
When Jesus came into Jerusalem for the annual observance of Passover over 2000 years ago, He knew what He would find there. Amidst the initial joy of the crowds singing Hosanna and waving branches, He knew He would encounter the opposition from the establishment. The priestly order of Pharisees would demand of Him to tell the people to stop shouting that He was king. Jesus replied, “I tell you if these were silent, the stones would cry out.”
 
The Stones Still Cry Out! Even now, they resound across the thousands of miles between our country and the Holy Land. They resound over centuries of tyranny, oppression, poverty, famine, plagues, tragedy, hopelessness, emptiness. They cry even now in this time of fear and uncertainty. The very Earth and all of Heaven cries out continually and will do so forever into eternity that Jesus IS the chosen one. Jesus IS the Messiah. Jesus is the only one who can save us from this world of darkness and sin. We must never forget this. Ever!
 
Newspaper headlines, television talk shows, political and health reports cannot change the fact that our Savior is here, and He DOES walk beside us each and every day. Keep looking up! Tune your ears into the sound of the earth ringing with praises to Him, our Lord and Savior. Turn your face away from the darkness and gaze into the Light that transforms, the Light that transcends any and all worldly obstacles. Your Lord has come! He is victorious and through His victory over death and His resurrection from death, we are all made whole again. We are ALL saved once and for all and will dwell in eternity with Him and the Father.
 
The Stones Cry Out! And we should cry out too! If you believe that Jesus is Lord of all, of all creation and all realms, then tell someone TODAY! Palm Sunday! Let someone know what it means. At our Food Distribution at Franklin UMC yesterday, the kids there were passing out palms to every vehicle that came through. We had many, many people come for food. We were amazed at how many people did come but also amazed at how many people, including church going Christians, who did not know the significance of what the palm branches mean. Obviously, we Christians need to do a better job getting the word out! Now is the day!
 
Praise God in His Heaven that today is the day that He has made. Praise Him, too, for that day Jesus came into Jerusalem. Praise Him for the journey Jesus took and particularly this week before you when your sweet, sweet Savior allowed Himself, gave Himself, took that arduous tragic walk to the cross for YOU.
 
We live in a difficult and painful time. But these days are temporary. Look into this Holy Week with new eyes. See again the pain your Savior bore for you. You are blessed to have the gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Read their stories. Take time to re-read them and savor the very blessedness of what the scriptures are telling you. God’s promise IS fulfilled through His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him WILL have eternal life.
 
And that, my friend, means YOU. Amen!
 
PRAY about everything.
WORRY about nothing.
WALK in FAITH and find a friend for the journey for we are BLESSED to be a blessing! 
 
May God bless you now and always.
 
Prayer Requests:
Prayer requests can be sent directly to Jackie Waymire via her email address: jwaymirecentenary@gmail.com or by replying to this message and your request will be forwarded to her.
 
Jackie's cell number is: 443.481.7022