Friday, 13 January 2012


Bethphage, on the Mount of Olives, allowed us to look across to Jerusalem, but also to look down and see the wall and the checkpoint and look on towards Bethlehem.  This is an important spot because of the place where Jesus' Palm Sunday ride into Jerusalem began.

The crowd expected Jesus to set Israel free from the Roman occupation - and so they cried 'Hosanna!', whicch literally means, 'Save us!'  We now sing that as a song of praise but, in the first instance, it was a political statement.  What they had in mind and what Jesus had in mind were very different.

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