This is a photo I took of a dying palm frond this winter. The beautiful colors caught my attention as the sun shone through the palm’s dying leaves, creating a wonderfully vibrant and unexpected color palette. --- I was at church today (Palm Sunday) and the preacher was talking about what actually had happened to Jesus on the Sunday before He was crucified and raised to life. As he was speaking, it made me think of this photo I had taken a few months back. As I was remembering the photo I had taken, it struck me how visually symbolic the image was. Part of the palm frond was green and living and vibrant (as King Jesus was on that Sunday before Easter) but the other part was dying...and had turned orange and red...like the blood of Jesus shed on the cross for our sins. After I got home from church, I put this piece together as a reminder of what Jesus endured to give us eternal life and His eternal love!
Palm Sunday — When Jesus comes to Jerusalem as King:
“ The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting, “Hosanna” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” ---- Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” -- At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about Him and that these things had been done to Him. – John 12:12-16
March 24th, 2013
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