What are we celebrating on Palm Sunday? Are we celebrating an historical event? Is this just an fun and kid friendly act of remembrance? No, it is not. Palm Sunday is a celebration for today and for forever. It is a celebration that started 2000 years ago and it will never, ever end.
For on that day when Jesus road into Jerusalem on a donkey, he road in as a King who has returned from battle, the victory won. For this is the symbolism of him riding on a donkey. It wasn't because donkeys were the Ford Taurus of the day. Traditionally when a King road into battle, he road out on a horse, however, when he returned from battle, victorious, he road back into the city gates on a donkey. This is what Jesus was proclaiming and this is what we celebrate.
Psalm Sunday of 2000 years ago merely marks the beginning of the eternal celebration of the victory we have in Jesus Christ, the Lamb that was slain. We are joining in the same song, with all the saints, proclaiming “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!" Because of Jesus' righteous life, his death on the cross, and his resurrection, He now sits at the right hand of God, interceding for us, offering peace to all who would place their trust in Him alone for their salvation. What a glorious King we have!
If you want to get a small glimpse of heaven, take a moment and wave those palm branches as I read this text from Revelation 7:9-12.
- Revelation 7:11-12 - “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb,clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice,"Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen."