The Message of the Colt: A Palm Sunday Sermon
George H. Morrison
In the calendar of the Western Church today is the Sunday which is known as Palm Sunday. It is the Sunday preceding Easter Day which commemorates the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Churches are decorated with palms today in remembrance of the waving of the palm branches. There are processions in Roman Catholic countries. And all this in memorial of that hour when our Savior took to Himself His royal state, and rode amid acclamations to His capital. Now in our Presbyterian Scotland we lay little stress upon these feasts and festivals. Even Christmas, the kindliest of them all, has only a partial and tardy recognition. Yet is there such a thing as common thought and the heightening of common life through common thought, and that is the spiritual value of such days. This evening, then, we shall join that strange procession moving across the valley to Jerusalem. We shall hear the shout that goes echoing down the glen, ''Hosanna to the Son of David.'' We shall watch our Savior fulfilling ancient prophecy, proclaiming His mission as the prince of peace, riding on the colt into the city.
Now according to the narrative of Matthew there were two animals in that procession. There was an ass-a noble, honored beast-and then beside it there was the ass's colt. Both belonged to some one Jesus knew, probably to some one He had saved. Both were secured not far away from Bethany at a little hamlet called the House of Figs. And both were taken by the two disciples, and brought to the village for the Master's use and seemingly both were used in the procession. The point to note is this-according to all the gospels it was not upon the ass that Jesus mounted. He looked at both of them for one brief instant and then deliberately chose the colt. And in a life like His where everything is vital and the slightest action of a vast importance, reverent thought cannot ignore that choice. Can we in any mea ...
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