Holidays

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday. One of my absolute favorite days in the church calendar. I love the singing, the swaying of the palm branches, and the celebration. It is a bittersweet celebration, knowing that in just a few, short days Jesus will have suffered the Crucifixion.

Palm Sunday is the celebration of Jesus entering Jerusalem for the Passover. The people of Jerusalem were so excited for Jesus’ arrival. They covered the streets in their clothes and waved palm branches while shouting “Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna to the Son of David!” Jesus rode in on a donkey, not as if he were a king (which He is!), but humbled himself and wore simple cloths.
Palm Sunday is a Sunday reminding us of what is to come. We know that Christ is coming. He is coming to carry the burden of the cross and our sins. He will suffer and he will be tortured and mocked. The great King will once again humble himself to save us. We are reminded of this one last time. He humbled himself by coming to earth as a baby born in a manger. He humbled himself by healing others. He humbled himself by washing the feet of his disciples. He humbled himself by dying on the cross.
We are reminded that even though he suffered humiliation, he will rise above it, rise above death.

“The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his was to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, 

“Hosanna!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the King of Israel!” 

Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him. Now the crowd was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”                John 12:12-19

 

The story is also found several other places in the Bible. (In Matthew 21, Luke 19, and Mark 11) This goes to show you that this is a day of anticipation and excitement! It is a day to be celebrated and remembered! This is a reminded for us of Jesus’ triumphant return as our King and Savior!
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         “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

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