Sunday, April 17, 2011

Damaris Reading Matthew 21:1-11 at Ecclesia Houston

Damaris was asked to read Matthew 21:1-11 at Ecclesia Houston 1pm Palm Sunday service today. Sorry the video and sound are not such great quality. I was sitting to far back and was videoing with my phone. Here is the text of the Scripture she read. it is from The Voice translation.

Jesus, the disciples, and the great crowds were heading toward Jerusalem when they came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus stopped and beckoned to two of the disciples.

Jesus: Go to the village over there. There you'll find a donkey tied to a post and a foal beside it. Untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone tries to stop you, then tell him, "The Master needs theses," and he will send the donkey and foal immediately.

He sent the disciples on ahead so His entry into Jerusalem could fulfill what the prophet Zechariah had long since foretold:
Tell this to Zion's daughter,
"Look--your King is
seated humbly on a donkey,
a young foal, a beast of burden."

So the disciples went off and followed Jesus' instructions. They brought the donkey and foal to Jesus, they spread their cloaks on the animals, and Jesus sat down on them. The great crowd followed suit, laying their cloaks on the road. Others cut leafy branches from the trees and scattered those before Jesus. And the crowds went before Jesus, walked alongside Him, and processed behind--all singing.

Crowd: Hosanna, praises to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Eternal One! Hosanna in the highest!

And that is how Jesus entered Jerusalem: on a lowly donkey, with crowds surrounding Him singing praises. The people of Jerusalem, to say the least, noticed this strange parade. They wondered who this could be, this humble bearded man on a donkey who incited such songs.

Crowd: This is Jesus, the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.

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