John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 12:12, The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem. 13They took palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” 14Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: 15“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your King is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” 16At first His disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about Him and that these things had been done to Him. 17Now the crowd that was with Him when He called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18Many people, because they had heard that He had performed this sign, went out to meet Him. 19So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after Him!”
Palm Sunday was yesterday, but what is Palm Sunday? The Bible says in John 12:12, “…the great crowd …heard that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem. 13They took palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” Palm Sunday, is the day we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem exactly one week prior to His resurrection.
As you think about Palm Sunday, don’t forget its significance that Jesus was entering Jerusalem that day, but not for Political victory, but to die for the sins of mankind. No doubt that some of those in the crowd cheering for Him on that first Palm Sunday would be of the same ones in the crowd screaming, “crucify Him” later in the week. That didn’t change the heart of Jesus. He still looked into the eyes of the Father from that awful cross and said, “Father, forgive them.” Those words ring true today. Regardless of the sin and mistakes of our lives, Palm Sunday reminds us that Jesus came offering forgiveness to each one of us, and that’s something to cheer about for sure!
Think about it, and I hope to see you in church on Easter Sunday!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D