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He Was Shouted with Hosanna

The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ The King of Israel!” (John 12:12-13)

As crowds gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover feast, they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. They went out to meet Him. The multitude shouted, “Hosanna!”, which means “save, I pray” (Psa 118:25). They welcomed Him as their king and savior. They took palm branches, which were symbols of victory among the Jews. They followed Him and cried out with shouts of praise. What a glorious and joyful moment it was for His triumphal entry into Jerusalem!

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He Lives in Us

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal 2:20)

We were once far from God and dead in sin, but we found life, light, and love in Jesus Christ and now Christ lives in us. Think and reflect, how does Christ live in us?

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Never Enough

For my people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me,
The fountain of living waters,
And hewed out cisterns for themselves,
Broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Jeremiah 2:1

Have you ever had a tasty bowl of soup that leaves you wanting more, but after drinking a few
more bowls, you only become more thirsty? Yes, that’s the power of Monosodium Glutamate
(MSG)! The bowl of soup tastes so good when you are drinking it, but it will never satisfy you.
In a world full of stress and worries, we often seek activities we find joy in, such as watching
films, playing video games, or scrolling through social media. After consuming all of those
media, however, we are no more joyful than when we started. In fact, we find ourselves craving
for more interesting films, or more exciting video games, or the next juicy celebrity update. This
joy is only temporary and but leaves us thirstier than before, just like drinking the bowl of tasty
soup made with MSG.

These are the broken cisterns we have hewn for ourselves, since they cannot truly satisfy. By
watching more films or playing more video games, we lose our time and draw our focus
away from God, the source of living water. As a result, we fall into a state of constant
dissatisfaction.

The next time we encounter a long day of work, rather than using all our effort and time to hew
broken cisterns, let us seek enjoyment in the Lord instead. By meditating on God’s Word,
journaling about God’s love and blessings, listening to hymns, having a meal with brothers and
sisters, or giving a call to a brother or sister you have not seen for a long time, we can feel
fulfilled by God. By drawing near to Him we are able to find lasting joy and satisfaction, for He
is the one who created us and knows our wants and needs. Our souls will be refreshed
and satisfied like having a sports drink after a long run.

Reflection Question:
Are you hewing any broken cisterns in your life today?

Joy in God’s Abundance

You make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence there is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. 

Psalm 16:11

I love it when I enter an office with a full and equipped pantry. I can have breakfast to start the day energetically, healthy snacks to last me the day when I need an energy boost. The best part is that it never runs out because it is always well-stocked. 

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How to Be Contented?

According to the Collins Dictionary, “contented” means that the individual is satisfied with his life and the situation that he is in. Likewise, Oxford Dictionary defines “contented” as feeling happy and satisfied. So, how does the Bible teach us to be contented? With reference to the above definitions, we can learn how to be contented by first understanding and learning how to be satisfied and joyful.

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