It’s Palm Sunday! It’s the day we remember and celebrate the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem as The Messiah. As Jesus rode a donkey into the town of Jerusalem, a large crowd gathered and laid palm branches and their cloaks across the road, giving Jesus the royal treatment. John tells us that “a great multitude had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ The King of Israel!”
I’ve always loved Palm Sunday. As a kid, my home church, Hillcrest Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio, would have us kids parade down the center aisle waving palm branches shouting, “Hosanna!” I don’t think I understood the significance of it back then. It’s just what we did and to me it was fun. It always brings back memories of the following Sunday, Easter Sunday, when I was baptized as a symbol of my salvation, something I’ll never get over!
I later learned that Hosanna in the original Greek means save or rescue. The multitudes in Jerusalem were essentially shouting “Save us!” Their concern for rescue immediately turns to confidence as their next cry was “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ The King of Israel!””
John 12:12-13 NKJV
That’s exactly where I am this morning, on Palm Sunday of 2020. My heart cries, “Jesus rescue us during this time of uncertainty, but then my spirit rejoices and shouts, “Praise God for His goodness and faithfulness!”
I am anxiously awaiting the day we can worship together in the same building again. I may not be with my sweet church family and friends this morning to celebrate Palm Sunday, but the Holy Spirit is in my living room, reminding us that He was and is and always will be faithful.
Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!