Palm Sunday Thoughts

Today is Palm Sunday. The day we celebrate the Triumphal Entry. The day on which Jesus rode into Jerusalem seated on a donkey. The day that men, women and children shouted Hosanna, “Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” We adorn our churches with palm branches, and have “Palm Parades” with our kids carrying palms and laying them down on the ground, just as the crowds laid their cloaks, and palm branches on the path ahead of Jesus. But, I am always reminded of the truth that the crowds were excited and exuberant, without really knowing why. They didn’t realize the magnitude of that event, they didn’t know everything that it would usher in. But, we do. We know that Jesus rode on a donkey that day to signify that He is the King. We know that He came there to be arrested, to be tortured, and on Good Friday, to be crucified. We know that He came there to pay for the sins of the world, and to make a way for us to be saved.
So, with that in mind, I want to challenge you today to greet the King with the same excitement and joy that the crowds did that day! We may not have palm branches to lay down before Him, but we can lay our lives down before Him. We can celebrate the King that He is, take joy in the truth that He is our Savior, and that He loves us so much, He was willing to give His live in exchange for ours. So, take a minute and get on the phone, or on email, or online and invite your family, friends, co-workers, to join you in welcoming the King! We may not be in the same building, but we are worshipping the same Jesus. We may not be able to be physically present with each other, but we can be spiritually joined together. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39