Scripture Reference: Zechariah 9:9, Luke 19:28-44
The Lord be with you.
Palm Sunday, also called Passion Sunday, is the first day of the Holy week and the Sunday before Easter, commemorating Jesus Christs triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It is associated in many churches with the blessing and procession of palms. After the processions, the palms are kept to dry and burned the following year to serve as the ashes for Ash Wednesday.
Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday are called the Triduum - three days that are the highlight of the Church.
What lessons can we learn from this event?
1. God's Word tells us the people cut palm branches (John 12:13 NLT) and waved them in the air, laid them out on the ground before Jesus as He rode into the city. The palm branches represented goodness and victory and was symbolic of the final victory Jesus would soon fulfill over death.
2. Jesus chose to ride on a donkey, rather than a horse which directly fulfilled Old Testament prophecy of Zechariah 9:9. In Biblical times, it was common for kings or important people to arrive by a procession riding on a donkey. The donkey symbolized peace, so those who chose to ride them showed that they came with peaceful intentions. Jesus even then reminded us that He is the Prince of Peace.
3. When the people shouted "Hosanna!" they were hailing Christ as King. That word actually means "save now," and though in their own minds they waited for an earthly king, God had a different way in mind of bringing true salvation to all who would trust in Him.
4. The Bible says that Jesus wept for Jerusalem. In the midst of the praise of the moment, He knew in His heart that it wouldn't be long that these same people would turn their backs on Him, betray Him, and crucify Him. His heart broke with the reality of how much they needed a Savior.
"As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it, and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace--but now it is hidden from your eyes." Luke 19:41-42.
We have so much to be grateful for this week. The enemy knows that, and you can bet, he's going to do everything he can to try and distract us away from the true meaning of what this Holy Week means. Don't let him win. May God direct our thoughts and attention towards what matters most, Jesus Christ our King!
Have a sacred Holy Week