They brought the donkey and the colt; then they laid their clothes on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their clothes on the road; others were cutting branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the crowds who went ahead of him and those who followed shouted: Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven! Matthew 21:7-9 CSB
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 13:16 KJV
Today is Palm Sunday. We celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.
Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread are coming, and Jerusalem is full of people. People who have heard of Jesus; the miracles, the healings, the raising of Lazarus from the dead. They want to see Jesus. So as Jesus, riding on a donkey, and His disciples come into Jerusalem for the celebrations, the people turn out, welcoming Jesus as they would a king, throwing their cloaks and palm fronds in the road ahead of Him. Shouts of hosanna fill the air!
Hosanna is a call for deliverance, which basically means “save us now.” The people believe that Jesus has come to overthrow the Romans and free Israel. But God’s plan is different. Jesus has not come to be an earthly king, but a holy sacrifice for us all. So that, “whosoever” believes in God’s Son, the Messiah, Jesus, is saved and has everlasting life. God’s plan through Jesus’ sacrifice calls all to salvation, all who believe are saved. It is that simple.
On Palm Sunday, we can celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. We can celebrate God’s plan to draw us closer to Him with the sacrificial gift of His only Son, Jesus. We can celebrate that we have been saved. We can celebrate the gracious gift of God, Jesus, so that we can have a relationship with Him.
This week appreciate the grace and the gift that God has offered. Know that you are loved so much. Know that salvation is yours. Know that everlasting life is yours. Know that our king has conquered death for you. Know Him and have an abundant filled, peace filled, and everlasting life.
I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me today as we celebrate Palm Sunday and accept all that God offers us.
Blessings and joy today and all during Holy Week!