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John 12:12-18: Entry

Monday, July 4, 2016

Hippolyte Flandrin: Christ's Entry into Jerusalem

Hippolyte Flandrin: Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem

After so many miracles and so many parables, Jesus prepares to enter fully into his role as redeemer and savior. His entry into Jerusalem signals not only the presence of God’s kingdom but our own redemption as well. As we re-read this familiar story, let us consider who we are in this pageant of celebration. Do we rejoice with those who know the misery of oppression or do we doubt with the wealthy and powerful? Who do we accept the little-know preacher or the colorful leader as our king? Do we offer our lives to Christ as entry to our hearts?

For the other Gospel versions of this story, read Matthew 12:1-11, Mark 11:1-11 and Luke 19:28-44.

To learn more about this painting, click on the image. To suggest other images we might enjoy seeing, enter the painter and the name of the work as a the comment to this post. This week we pause to read scripture and to pray and reflect at noon, keeping those in The Noontime Circle in mid-day prayer. You may want to click on the Connecting at Noon page on this blog at: https://thenoontimes.com/connecting-at-noon/ Or you may want to follow a series of brief posts that begins today, inspired by paintings of the life of Jesus Christ  that can be found at: http://www.jesus-story.net/painting_family.htm In these posts, we will have the opportunity to reflect on a scripture verse and an artist’s rendition of that event. Wishing you grace and love and peace in Christ Jesus.

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