Palm Sunday ends. It began with a parade. It ends with a whimper.

And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

Matthew 21:17

With the last verse of the Palm Sunday text, the heart begins to move toward the cross. Jesus has come to the city 5 days before Passover, sees the city, weeps over the city (Lk 19:41), evaluates her apostasy and blindness (Lk. 19:42-44), and leaves, having pronounced his evaluation of their worship (Mt. 21:13).

The die is cast. Soon He will hang on the cross for those who did not recognize the day the Messiah came to offer Himself as King. Melito of Sardis talks about what will happen next.

Melito of Sardis 

He who hung the earth is hanging.
He who fixed the heavens in place
has been fixed in place.
He who laid the foundations of the universe
has been laid on a tree…[1]

It is Holy Week.

Let your heart be filled with thoughts of Him who died for you, 

…………………….. who died for you,
…………………….. who rose for you,
…………………….. who is coming back for you,
…………………….. and who is coming again to judge the living and the dead.

[1] From Homily on Pascha. written around A.D. 180. Melito was a Jewish Christian.

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