“So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”
And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee”, Matthew 21:6-11, NewKing James Version, Holy Bible,
Today all over the world is Holy Week for the Christian church. This special time is equal to the First Advent of Jesus Christ coming to earth (also known as the holiday Christmas). Today, Christians memorialize again the death and resurrection of Christ from the dead, His sacrifice of His Body and His blood shed to take away the sins of the world. Today we begin with worship and praise to God for sending His Son Jesus to earth to save us from the guilt and power of sin’s slavery and for the gift of eternal life that is only available through Jesus by believing faith.
Why the name “Palm Sunday”? The Holy Scriptures tell us plainly that Jesus our Savior headed toward Jerusalem, on a donkey, to that city where’s He would be ultimately tried and convicted by religious leaders of blasphemy because He called Himself The Son of God. Many are familiar with this everlasting record in Holy Scripture that He was punished and brandished with a whip, then nailed to a cross for sin He never committed (and never could commit!). Before these events, He was herald by the people of the city with jubilant praise and worship that included the waving of branches of a palm tree that were also laid on the ground.
So zealous was the people’s shoutings and exclaiming of “hosannas” (which in the Greek means ‘save now’, that a few religious leaders became jealous and later asked Jesus to silence the people. Jesus told these leaders, that if the people will not praise Him, the very rocks of the earth would praise Him (see Luke 19:40).
So what should be our response to Jesus if we know Him and have placed our faith in Him who has saved us from our sins? Worship! He has already saved us; not from political oppression which those who shouted hosanna believed “Jesus who is indeed King” would do to free them from Roman tyranny, but we worship Him who has saved us from the tyranny of sin, self, the devil and this present evil world.
Worship Him! We know the end of redemption’s story. Christ did suffer; but He rose from the grave. He was whipped, but He took our deserved punishment as our substitute. He did rise from a grave, but He rose with all power and authority in His hands. He reigns. We too can shout and praise Jesus Christ, God’s Son with our palms today. He has saved us and that it something to shout about.