Friday, March 22, 2013

The meaning of Palm Sunday
The Sunday before Easter, often called Palm Sunday, is a reminder of Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. As He rode a donkey into the city, crowds scattered palm branches along Jesus’ path. (See Matt. 21:6–11.)
Palm branches are a part of Christian worship on Palm Sunday, or Passion Sunday, as it is sometimes called. This event commemorates Jesus Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, as foretold by the prophet Zechariah.
In many historical cultures, palms were symbols for such ideas as victory, peace, righteousness, and fertility. 
The Bible tells us people cut branches from palm trees, laid them across Jesus' path and waved them in the air. They greeted Jesus not as the spiritual Messiah who would take away the sins of the world, but as a potential political leader who would overthrow the Romans. Their shout "Hosanna" meant "save now."
Even though they praised Him that week, history lets us know that the next week they cruxified Him.  As you tunnel through life please know that everyone that praise you and waive palms for you will has the potential to crucify you later.  If they can do the same to Our Messiah it can be done to you.  But in the meantime let’s celebrate the triumphant entrance of Our Lord and Savior!
From the Desk of Pastor Mark - AWCM