This sonnet is for Palm Sunday and serves as both a part of a series for Lent entitled, Ashes to Eternity (which is an art exhibit) and is also a part of a series of Sunday sermon passages from the Gospel of Luke entitled Walking with Jesus. The sonnet is based upon Jesus’s Triumphal Entry in Jerusalem as recorded Luke 19:28-40.
In this sonnet I try and capture both the expectation of what he will do over the course of the next week, but also touch on the irony of what will actually happen.
If it is helpful you may listen to me read the sonnet via the player below.
Time’s Fullness comes to Jerusalem
Midst the throng of waving palms and praise;
“Son of David!” we all cry in unison
Beholding our king, our hosannas raise!
This is the sudden coming, the long-awaited hour —
Riding on a donkey’s colt, bearing our salvation;
No longer secret, now wielding his power,
In this display of prophecy, he unites a nation.
Now is the fullness; now, the expectation.
The rumor becomes real, promise becomes plan;
Our enemies, shall kneel, shall see the revelation,
Lift up the King of kings, exalt the Son of Man.
Who could not Hosannas bring, not welcome his renown?
Who seeing would disown him, deny to him his crown?
© Randy Edwards 2017.
This sonnet is for Christ’s church. If it is helpful, please feel free to copy or reprint in church bulletins, read aloud, or repost. I only ask that an attribution be cited to myself (Randall Edwards) and this blog (backwardmutters.com). Thanks.
Artwork: Albrecht Dürer, Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem, probably c. 1509/1510. woodcut
Wow. What a great sonnet. It’s not often you meet an artist/pastor. Enjoyed this!
Thank you, Kevin! Hope that your Passion Week is full of mystery and joy as you remember His finished work on our behalf.
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