As a young girl at First United Methodist Church Dimmitt, Tx, two vivid memories I have are Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. On Palm Sunday all the children lined the sanctuary waving giant green palms to start the service. On Easter Sunday we would fill a wooden cross in the front of the sanctuary with every kind of beautiful flower our members could find in west Texas. Even though I didn’t know the significance of these traditions at the time, I am thankful for the life saving seeds that were planted in my life. As a girl loved by Christ and being pointed to His saving grace these two out of the ordinary Sundays were beautiful and fun to me but what do they mean to me today as a women who has been saved and changed by King Jesus?
Today I am reflecting on Palm Sunday.
“The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 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 12:12-15 ESV
I can’t help but think about Jesus knowing what was ahead of him while people were shouting praises at him with palm branches in hand. He knew he would face a torturous week in order to save us.
Palm Sunday is a reminder of:
The journey Jesus would take to save us from sin and death.
Life everlasting with God Almighty
And this is a list I will probably continue to add to…
This is how much He loves us.
I am not only waving a palm for a wonderful man. Today I am waving a palm for the Son of God who was fixing to face a painful week to save you and I spiritually.
Jesus, as we approach what we call Passion week, may we remember Your sacrifice and Your love for all of us. As we recognize how much we are loved by You, help us love others so that they may know You also!