Palm Sunday, the last Sunday in Lent, and the Sunday before Easter – signifying the return of Jesus to Jerusulem for the Jewish holiday of Passover. Palm Sunday is unique this year as the country, and world, mostly went to church via a computer due to the COVID virus. There is a lot of uncertainty – you can feel it in the air. Stock market crashing, no school for kids across the country, graduates with no graduation and uncertain about employment with job layoffs setting record numbers. Millions working from home, millions uncertain about their future employment; everyone wondering about life after this passes – about their employment, about keeping their homes…..or just surviving. And in the midst of all this chaos is Palm Sunday and Easter week; the Holiest of times for Christians. Then again, perhaps Palm Sunday comes at the perfect time this year. Meaning, with so much uncertainty around us, it’s comforting to reflect on what Palm Sunday is.
As Jesus arrived in Jerusulem, he rode in on a donkey. “The large crown threw palms, even clothes down in front of him, shouting Blessed is the King of Israel and other praises.” Matthew 21:9 Now, it’s important to know that Kings of the day would ride a horse or maybe a chariot coming home in triumph. The significance of the donkey is that Jesus came not for war, but for peace. He didn’t come to save them from the Romans, but to give them eternal life. “Jesus said, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place. ” John 18:36 Most at the time I’m sure didn’t understand that while they were looking for a new King to save them, Jesus came to rule their hearts and to give them eternal life.
In the midst of all the chaos in the world today, the Passion Week comes at the perfect time….to remind us that life on earth is temporary, but He is with us forever. That God is in control of all and that He has a plan for each of us. So rejoice…our King has come to Jerusalem! #prayersfromdad #palmsunday #passion #Easter