Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19 and Matthew 21:1-11
Palm Sunday, what a beautiful time for us as believers. If you have free time today, I encourage you to read and compare the four accounts written about Jesus and His disciples heading toward Jerusalem; it’s a beautiful picture.
As Jesus began His entrance into Jerusalem, there were two different reactions. People either laid palm branches across Jesus’ path or waved them in the air. To get a better understanding of this picture, we must recognize the significance of these palm branches in ancient times. During Jesus’ time palm branches symbolized goodness, well-being and victory. If we go through 1 Kings chapter 6, we would see that King Solomon had palm branches carved into the walls and doors of the temple.
Victory; many people believed that Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry showed him becoming a political leader who would overthrow the Romans. However, we know by God’s Word that Jesus’ entrance was the beginning of the end. The end that would end up saving our lives, it was the beginning of the end to take away the sins of the world.
Jesus, the Son of God, was riding humbly (shown by him riding in on a donkey) to the crowd cheering him on. Yet, many of those that were cheering would later be caught chanting, ‘crucify Him.’ After all the signs and wonders, the sinless life Jesus lived, the humble servant He was…people still didn’t recognize Him for who He was; the Savior of theirs (and our) sins.
Do you know Jesus today? Do you have a deep relationship with Him? If you were to be taken away from loved ones, would they have peace knowing that your name was written in the book of life? We are coming upon the week where our Lord and Savior embarks on a journey of death and resurrection. That death and resurrection is where we get our liberty from.
As we go about this upcoming week, may we reflect the significance of Palm Sunday and how it leads to us having victory in Christ. Obviously, a devotion doesn’t give weight of how powerful Palm Sunday is, but it's a start. Next week, Easter Sunday, I will be writing a longer devotion about the victory we have in Jesus…