Palm Sunday

By Pastor Mike

Today is Palm Sunday. It’s the day we remember and celebrate when JESUS entered Jerusalem as our Savior and our King. JESUS rides in on a donkey and a large crowd gathered and laid palm branches and their cloaks across the road, giving JESUS royal treatment. They shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” When the people shouted “Hosanna!” they were using it to express adoration, praise, or joy.

This day has a lot of significance for our lives today. It’s a very important day because that’s when JESUS started HIS journey that ended with HIM on the Cross. Lots happened in this week leading up to HIS death burial and resurrection. The palm branch represented goodness and victory and was a symbol of the victory HE would have over death.

1 Corinthians 15:55

55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

HE knew it wouldn’t be long before some these same people that praised HIM would turn their backs on HIM and want HIM crucified.

Palm Sunday reminds us what is going to happen this week. JESUS rides into town being praised. Then when HE gets there HE finds people in the temple selling and buying. So HE throws them out and turns their tables over and tells them that the temple is HIS house of Prayer.

Then HE tells HIS disciples everything that’s going to happen. Man was looking for someone to fight their battles in that present day world. GOD had the ultimate plan of sending HIS SON to fight the final battle over death. This is the greatness of why we celebrate this week. Because of this ultimate sacrifice, we can be set free of death. Free from sin. To be free from everything the enemy throws at us. To be able to claim the Victory over everything.

Then at the end of the week HE took what is the last supper, also known as the LORD’S supper. They partook in what is known as communion. Then they went to the garden of Gethsemane where JESUS prayed. JESUS knew what HE was gonna go through.

Mark 14:32-39 New King James Version (NKJV)

32 Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be troubled and deeply distressed. 34 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.”

35 He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. 36 And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”

37 Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

39 Again He went away and prayed, and spoke the same words.

Let JESUS direct our thoughts and attention to HIM every second of our lives because HE is what matters most.

Let’s always focus on worshiping the KING of kings and the LORD of lords, thanking HIM for HIS sacrifice, celebrating the power of the Resurrection, and the new and exciting life found in HIM alone. HIS NAME IS JESUS.

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