Love Starts Here, Part 1
The people line the streets in anticipation. Families and friends talk, and smile. Children laugh and play as excitement builds in the air. As the sound of music and noise intensifies, a hush falls over the crowd as te parade draws closer and closer until it comes right past…
When I think of Palm Sunday, I often think of the parades in the small town I grew up in. I don’t think of the floats or the clowns, or my friend, Darren, riding a unicycle. I think of the people gathered in excitement. In Jerusalem, the people had been living in anticipation, they were eagerly waiting for the coming of the promised Messiah, the anointed one who would save God’s people. The day had finally come.
-Jesus has arrived!
Palm Sunday is the celebration of Jesus’ arrival to Jerusalem where he is welcomed into the city with cheers of adoration and shouts of admiration, for their King had come at last. The people took palm leaves and their cloaks and laid them on the street; they piled cloaks on a donkey’s back for Jesus to sit on as he was paraded through the street. And the people exclaimed over and over again, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Let’s break down the significance of this verse…
-Hosanna is a Hebrew expression of praise, specifically a praise for deliverance that has happen or that is anticipated. In Hebrew it means “save us” – in its, use it is a praise to him who saves us.
-The Son of David is a reference to the expected king that would rule on David’s throne. “You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant, ‘I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations.’” Psalm 89:3-4
-“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” is a reference to the praise of God written in the 118th Psalm, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you.”
-The final part of this praise, “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” is an echo of praise from Psalm 148:1, “Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights above.”
The coming of Jesus is truly a reason to celebrate – the great salvation is at hand, the king has come, the Messiah is here! Let us praise God today. Let us live our daily lives with anticipation because he who was paraded through Jerusalem has promised to return for His people! So praise Him you children of Zion! Praise Him all you who are called by His name! Praise Him sons and daughters of the most high!
Praise Him! For He is worthy!