“And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.”
During the beginning of the last week of the Savior’s life, He traveled to Jerusalem for Passover. Those who recognized Jesus as their King showed reverence for Him by putting their clothes and palm branches along His path and shouting praises. We can show reverence and love for Jesus Christ today by being obedient, respectful, and sincere in our desires to follow Him.
Jesus taught a story about a man who had two sons. The man asked his sons to go and work in his vineyard. The first one said no, he wouldn’t go and work. That son later repented and went and worked in the vineyard. The second son said he would go and work. That son did not go and work in the vineyard. Which son did as his father asked? (Matthew 21:28-32) Jesus taught us that even if we don’t do the right thing at first, we can repent – and if we promise to do something, we should keep our promise. Being obedient is one way we show our love for God.
Jesus also taught us that we should show respect to God by taking care of sacred things. Jesus cast out people who were buying and selling in the temple. They were not showing respect in one of the holiest of places. Showing respect for the temple by keeping ourselves worthy before we enter, and by taking care of the building and its grounds are ways we can show respect and love for God.
We can also have a reverent attitude in our church meetings, or when studying the gospel at home. Reverence is much more than being quiet. When we feel reverence in our hearts, we want to be obedient, kind, and thoughtful to show our love for Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father.
“The scriptures remind us constantly of the goodness that is centered in the heart. Those who put on an appearance only to receive the honors of men, but have unclean hearts, are called hypocrites. It is not enough to behave reverently; we must feel in our hearts reverence for our Heavenly Father and our Lord, Jesus Christ. Reverence flows from our admiration and respect for Deity. Those who are truly reverent are those who have paid the price to know the glory of the Father and His Son.”
L. Tom Perry
Write ways you can show love and respect for Jesus Christ on these palm leaves, and spread them on the ground to prepare the path for Him in your life.
These crisp rice cereal treats are shaped like hearts to remind your family that reverence is a feeling of love for God.
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.
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