Tomorrow is Palm Sunday.
Living in an area rich with palm trees, I see them every day.
In fact, I have several palm trees in my own yard.
While doing regular lawn upkeep, I have many times cut palm fronds.
I have gathered them, stacked them and bundled them to be discarded.
The entire process is very familiar to me.
Although I have never experienced a ceremony in which palm branches were placed in the path of an important person, I can imagine the scene.
Jesus—the King of Kings—arriving in Jerusalem, riding a donkey.
This event is referred to as the triumphal entry.
It would not be long before Jesus would die on the cross.
The dictionary defines triumphant as having won a battle or contest.
The prophet Isaiah wrote:
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.–Isaiah 53:5
Jesus won the battle.
He paid the price for our sins.
His punishment brought us peace.
Jesus IS triumphant over death, now and forever!
Are we laying down "palm branches," welcoming Jesus into our lives today?
If not, what do we need to change?
The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the King of Israel!”