Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you: righteous and having salvation is He, humble and mounted on a donkey… Zechariah 9:9
THIS Sunday is Palm Sunday. Why does the Christian Church place such emphasis on it? Do we have to wave palm branches? I am a dude, and dudes like waving those branches about as much as they like square dancing.
Here’s the who, what, when, where, why, and how regarding Palm Sunday:
WHO: Jesus and a LOT of people
WHAT: The triumphal entry. As prophesied a whopping 550 years earlier by the Old Testament prophet Zechariah in Zechariah 9:9, the Messiah and Savior would come to His people humbly riding on a donkey. All four Gospel writers record the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. A mega-crowd, bursting with excitement and joy, gathered and lined the streets as Jesus the Messiah rode into the Holy City on a donkey. The people were shouting and singing praises, “Save us now, Lord.” Apparently, the people were more excited about being saved from the Romans than from their sins, which were separating them from God! They cheered Jesus on, but totally missed the reason for His coming.
WHEN: The week before Jesus was crucified
WHY: The people were praising God for sending them a deliverer and their Messiah to save them.
HOW: Zechariah records that Jesus rode into the city on a donkey, the foal of an ass. Matthew 21:6-10 records people lined the streets with palm branches and their cloaks and were praising God for the coming of the Messiah.
How will we celebrate THIS Sunday?
We will meet exactly five minutes before the service begins in the Fellowship Hall. We will all receive palm branches and gather for a short prayer and remember and reenact the praises of the people and Jesus’ triumphal entry to save us. I will step over my branch-waving shyness/phobia and let it all hang out. If we do not praise Him, the very bricks in the building will cry out. JESUS IS WORTHY OF OUR PRAISE. He deserves more than the polite applause we hear at a golf tournament; He deserves unmuted PRAISE!
Looking forward to the celebration,