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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
. As a kid I
was always confused by the name of this day. Did it have something to do with
Jesus’ palms or people raising their palms in praise? What is the deal? 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

WHERE: Jerusalem

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 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,