Updated: May 16
HOPE TO COPE DEVOTION
PAUSE FOR THE PALMS – BY: Donna Lind
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.” John 12:13
Palm Sunday is the Christian Holy Day that occurs the Sunday before Easter.
This event is written in all four Gospels.
It’s on this day that we celebrate and honor Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy week a sacred time of the year for Christians, as we look back on the events that took place leading up to the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
Jesus rode into the city on a donkey, which symbolized that he was a king who came humbly in peace. This would be his final agonizing journey to his crucifixion.
His first donkey ride was when he was still in his mother Mary’s womb.
Donkeys in the Bible are portrayed as symbols of service, suffering, peace, and humility.
As Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem, his followers spread palm branches at his feet. Palm branches were considered to represent, victory, triumph, peace and eternal life.
The crowd shouted, “Hosanna!”, in Hebrew it means, “Save us, we pray, O LORD!” The Hebrew root words yasha (“deliver, save”) and anna (“beg, beseech”)
The people were crying out for salvation, Jesus came to save the lost, secure salvation and eternal life for all who would ask him into their hearts.
MANY OF THOSE SAME PEOPLE WHO SHOUTED “HOSANNA,” WOULD BE SHOUTING, “CRUCIFY HIM” BY FRIDAY!
Let’s “PAUSE FOR THE PALMS”, and ponder this question?
HOW OFTEN DO WE PRAISE HIM ON SUNDAY, THEN NAIL HIM TO THE CROSS WITH OUR SINS BY FRIDAY?
Help us to Praise you and shout Hosanna every day! Remind us that our behavior, our words, actions, and the way we treat others needs to reflect you and not of this world. Let our every breath be a Hallelujah and a Hosanna to you. Amen.
With JESUS there is always HOPE TO COPE,