March 15, 2016

Read Matthew 21:1-12

I love parades. I like watching them on television, but experiencing a parade in person is better. I enjoy lining the streets along the parade route, eager to catch a glimpse of the grand marshal leading the parade. The floats make me smile, and I cheer for the brave souls on foot. I wave back at VIPs perched on convertibles, laugh at clowns, and watch for horses. If I’m honest, I even like catching the occasional piece of candy.

It’s even more thrilling when you’re in the parade. Through the years I’ve marched with school bands, ridden on floats and convertibles, twirled a baton, and even clogged my way down parade routes. I know what it’s like to reach the end, weary yet proud of the accomplishment.

The greatest parade in history marched its way to Jerusalem just over two thousand years ago. The star participant was riding on a donkey. He was fully man, fully God, and fully aware of the bitter cup that He was soon to drink. I wonder what Jesus thought about as He bumped His way into the city and His mount gingerly stepped over palm branches. Was He thrilled at the attention? Did He rejoice in the Hosannas proclaimed over Him? Did He weep with sorrow, knowing that these same people would soon turn on him and betray Him to die a cruel death?

And the crowds following Him…did they know who it was they were worshipping?

Do we still worship Him today?

One great way to weave worship into our daily lives is to fill it with music that helps focus our hearts on our great God.  Here is a Spotify playlist that has all the songs our worship team has led us through in the last month’s Sunday evening services to get you started. It’s updated weekly, so “follow” it to keep fresh worship music in your life.