Palm Sunday?

Sunday, April 4th, 2004
Today is Palm Sunday.  Do you know why they call it that? Kelly, age 4, does. Today in Sunday school, the children read about Palm Sunday and how the people in Jerusalem waived their palms before Jesus as He entered the city. Kelly's teacher asked if anyone knew what a palm was. Kelly raised her hand and announced that she knew all about palms because her daddy used one for work. I'm not sure the teacher was ready for that answer. Out of the mouth of babes...

This evening, we attended a mini-conference on The Passion of The Christ. Gibson's film, and its success at the box-office, has certainly stimulated discussion on the topic of Christ's Passion. For those of you who may have seen the film by Mel Gibson, you got to see the painful and graphically shocking "how" of Christ's Passion. Fortunately, the story does not stop there. Tonight, we considered the Biblical account of this life-changing event in an effort to better understand the "why" of Christ's Passion.

C.S. Lewis, Oxford and Cambridge Professor, and cohort of J. R. R. Tolkien, had this to say:
"A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg--or else he would be the devil of hell. You must make your choice. Either he was and is the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."
Next week, I'll pick up on the "Is the chicken cooked" discussion and explain the lessons I have learned about productivity from training chickens. (Yes, I actually did train a chicken)

Grace to you,


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