Today as we commemorate Palm Sunday, we are reminded of the day our Lord Jesus made His triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We celebrate Him not as the one who would back then be nailed to a wooden cross and then crucified, but we celebrate Him who sits upon the throne, King of kings and Lord of lords as having triumphed over sin, death, hell and the grave so that today we can walk and live victoriously.
What the Bible says:
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” ~ John 12:13-15 ESV
Key facts to remember about Palm Sunday
- Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week, which is the week before Easter – an event that commemorates the last day’s of Jesus’ life.
- The hero’s welcome that Jesus received was during the Jewish Passover celebration. People, who had heard about his miracles, expected him to deliver them from the Roman Empire’s domination.
- Palm branches are traditional symbols of victory and that is why they are used.
Almighty God, you have created us in your wisdom and saved us by your grace, and you empower us by your Holy Spirit to live to your honor and to your glory.
Accept the praise and thanksgiving of our hearts and the devotion of our minds as now we worship and praise you.
Grant that as we recall the events of your Passion, your Holy Spirit may move us to true penitence, firmer faith, and greater loyalty to you for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
We thank you for the victory obtained through the cross. Our hearts rejoice as we shout Hosanna in the highest, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Through your death, burrial, resurrection and ascention you have proved yourself that all power is in your hands and that you have all power over principalities, their power and the evil devices of satan and his cohorts.
We thank you for going ahead of us to fight our battle so that today, we have VICTORY over all things in Jesus name, amen.
Have a blessed Palm Sunday everyone!