Sunday, March 28, 2010

Palm Sunday 2010

This is the most wonderful time of the year. It is called Passion or Holy Week. This week is the week we remember and reflect on the last week of our Saviors earthly life. It is a week that we think on Christ more than any other, not that we don’t think on Christ the other fifty-one weeks of the year, but this week is something different.

Today is called Palm Sunday. It is the day in Christ’s last week on earth where he triumphantly enters Jerusalem as King. A King who enters Jerusalem not with an army, not on a horse decked out in armor, but on a donkey, a donkey that had never been ridden before (as a side note: my pastor pointed out today in his sermon that this donkey that had never been ridden before was completely obedient when Christ mounted it and rode it - a lesson we can learn from a donkey).

Christ was in the midst of a crowd that could have been very large. During the Passover it’s possible there could have been as many as hundreds of thousands of Jews in Jerusalem. We have a clue to that large of a number in John 12:19 where the Pharisees describe the scene by saying the world has gone after him. Clearly Jesus was in a large crowd.

I can only imagine what the scene would have been like, thousands upon thousands of people showing respect, love and adoration to our common Savior, the murmur of the crowd as the King rode by on His donkey.

I can only imagine how furious the Pharisees became as the crowd went before and after the Messiah shouting "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"

Isn’t it amazing that the crowd reacted to Jesus in such a way that is contrary to the Pharisees? They had come from all over the area to celebrate the Passover and when they heard that Christ was there they went to Him, covered the donkey with cloaks and laid palm branches on the ground for the donkey to walk on. They recognized that Christ was the Messiah even when the Pharisees, the keepers of the law, did not. They sang praises fitting of the King yet the Pharisees only wanted Jesus dead.

And this is just the beginning of the most amazing week in human history. This coming week we will remember and partake of the Lord’s Supper, which He instituted on Thursday. We will reflect on the worst sin ever committed in human history on Good Friday as we remember our Lord’s murder. Then the most wonderful, amazing, awe-inspiring, praise-inducing day of the year is Resurrection Sunday. The day our Lord was victorious over sin and death and the grave.

Is there a better time of the year than this? It’s my prayer that I grow in Christ and gain a better understanding of the life he lived and gave up for me. I pray this week will be the same for you.