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 Jesus coming into Jerusalem as a king! The people had heard about the miracles that Jesus had done; giving sight to the blind, healing the lame to walk, curing leprosy, and raising Lazarus from the dead. The people were convinced that this was Israel’s new king. He would conquer the Romans and free Israel.
Kings usually rode on a donkey, while everyone else walked. So, the disciples obeyed Jesus and got a donkey for him to ride into Jerusalem. Just the way the Old Testament prophet, Zechariah, said the Messiah would come. The people threw their cloaks (like coats) down on the road in front of Jesus. They cut palm branches and laid them on the road, too. This is where we get the name for Palm Sunday.
But God’s plan is different. Jesus is not going to be an earthly king. Jesus is the King that dies so we can live. Jesus gives His life so that we can be forgiven. Jesus dies and rises again so that we can have eternal life with Him. Jesus is the king who is with you always. Jesus is the king who loved us so much, He died to save us. Jesus is our Lord!
This week talk with your parents and celebrate Jesus who gave everything so that you could have life and forgiveness. Celebrate God’s grace and love for you. Celebrate Jesus and sing hosannas to Him.
Blessings and joy as you celebrate Jesus!