Did You Know?

Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

5 Killed in Aurora, Illinois
Five individuals were shot and killed at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois. Five police officers were injured and the gunman was eventually killed by the police. On the day of the shooting, the shooter was being fired from his position at the plant, where he had worked for the last 15 years. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
4 Killed in Kashmir
Four Indian soldiers have been killed in India-administered Kashmir, following a clash with militants. Recently, in the same region, over 40 others were killed in a suicide attack. Pakistani and Indian forces have been battling over the area. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
Flooded Gold Mine in Zimbabwe
Nine miners have been rescued alive from a flooded, illegal gold mine in Zimbabwe, while the bodies of 24 others have been recovered. Flooding occurring after a dam burst. While nine have been rescued, dozens of others remain missing and are feared dead. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the missing miners and for their families.
9 Killed in Chittagong, Bangladesh
At least nine individuals have been killed, and over 50 others injured, after a fire in a slum in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The cause of the fires is suspected to be a short circuit. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all those affected.
Force Withdraw Agreement in Yemen
Government and rebel forces have reached an agreement to withdraw forces around the port of Hudaydah. The withdraw is part of a ceasefire agreement reached last year. The conflict began in 2015, and has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and injuries. Please pray for peace in the region. Please pray for the families of the deceased and for healing for the injured.
7 Killed in Haiti
At least seven individuals have been killed as a result of protests against the government in Haiti. Protesters are protesting the soaring inflation and accuse the government of corruption and misappropriation of funds. The protesters have also asked for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. The President has rejected the idea. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for peace.
17 Killed in New Delhi, India
At least 17 individuals have been killed after a fire in a hotel in New Delhi, India. Thirty-five others were rescued from the fire and 19 were taken to the hospital for injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Heat Wave in Australia
A record heat wave, following a record drought, in Australia have farmers, and others, worried. The drought and heat have caused animals to die and worries that crops will not be able to be planted. Across the globe, the United States is experiencing record cold temperatures. Please pray for all those affected by extreme temperatures. Please pray for their safety and health.

Saturday

Sunday - Five Days.  That strange rumor going around yesterday - well, its true!  This man, Jesus, entered Jerusalem today and what an event!  He entered like royalty!  The crowds were packed in to see Him.  They were waving palm leafs, cheering for Him, and spreading their cloaks for Him!  What a sight!  What an event! 

 

 

Matthew 21:1-9; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-41John 12:12-18

 

Imagine:  You are from a distant city.  You had heard rumors of a Man, Jesus, who could heal the sick and drive out demons.  As you traveled closer to Jerusalem, you started hearing about the wondrous teachings of this Man.  This Man, who defies the Pharisees and religious leaders.  This Man, who speaks of love and serving others.  Maybe you would get a chance to hear this Man for yourself!  Surely such a great teacher would come to Jerusalem for Passover as well!

 

Jesus entered as a king.  He was riding on a donkey (as foretold in Zechariah 9:9).  People were placing their cloaks on the road before Him, an act typically reserved for kings.  People were waving palm leafs and shouting "Hosanna!" which means "save now."  Jesus would save them, but not in the way they imagined.  After He entered the city, Jesus went up to the temple and observed all that was occurring.  He saw the exorbitant prices people were charged for animals for sacrifice.  He saw the people being charged to exchange their money for temple coin in order to pay the Passover tax.  He saw people passing through the outer court, using it as a shortcut through the city.  He saw the temple being defiled.  And then He left and returned to Bethany for the night.

 

What?  He left?!  Yes, Jesus did not act rashly or impulsively.  He observed and left.  There is no doubt He was upset at what He saw.  His Father's house was being treated with disrespect!  That night He prayed, prayed for wisdom, guidance, and direction as to the proper action to take.  It is an example we all should follow. 

 

  

Oh, what a difference five days would make!  Jesus was welcomed with open arms and glad heart.  The city was packed with crowds larger than normal, as they had come to celebrate Passover.  Word of Him had spread and most were glad to welcome Him.  Of course in five days, the crowds would gather again.  They would again cheer for Him, only this time, it would be for His death.  He knew all this.  Was He able to enjoy the moment?  The welcome the Son of God should have had?  Or did it cast a shadow over the celebration?

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