Friday, March 22, 2013

The meaning of Palm Sunday
The Sunday before Easter, often called Palm Sunday, is a reminder of Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. As He rode a donkey into the city, crowds scattered palm branches along Jesus’ path. (See Matt. 21:6–11.)
Palm branches are a part of Christian worship on Palm Sunday, or Passion Sunday, as it is sometimes called. This event commemorates Jesus Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, as foretold by the prophet Zechariah.
In many historical cultures, palms were symbols for such ideas as victory, peace, righteousness, and fertility. 
The Bible tells us people cut branches from palm trees, laid them across Jesus' path and waved them in the air. They greeted Jesus not as the spiritual Messiah who would take away the sins of the world, but as a potential political leader who would overthrow the Romans. Their shout "Hosanna" meant "save now."
Even though they praised Him that week, history lets us know that the next week they cruxified Him.  As you tunnel through life please know that everyone that praise you and waive palms for you will has the potential to crucify you later.  If they can do the same to Our Messiah it can be done to you.  But in the meantime let’s celebrate the triumphant entrance of Our Lord and Savior!
From the Desk of Pastor Mark - AWCM  

Friday, March 15, 2013

As we embark on the season of Passover and Resurrection let’s remember why we celebrate and hold dear to these great events.  A few reasons why we should honor and respect these events are the way the blood was applied over the door post of the Israelites when the 10th plague hit their village and they were spared.  The same way Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood for the remission of our sin.  The reason why the enemy of your soul can’t take you out is because your blood covered.  Thank God for the shed blood of Jesus Christ that covers me day to day.
A message from Pastor Mark James - Lead Pastor of AWCM