Palm Sunday

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“. . . Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest” — Luke 19:37-38

Something that man, throughout the ages, has loved to experience is the praise and applause of others. We love to be recognized and rewarded for what we do. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it can be. Sadly, some people will do whatever they have to—right or wrong—in order to receive this kind of recognition.

Today is Palm Sunday. It is the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey while on His way to Calvary. The people, excited and hoping that He would become their King began to shout, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” (Matthew 21:9). We can say that Jesus’ approval rating was quite high on that day. However, as people came to learn that Jesus would not become their King in the way they had hoped, many of them would no longer be shouting words of praise. Instead, in just five days, many of these same people would be shouting words of death, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” (Luke 23:21).

What happened? What did Jesus do to cause such a drastic drop in His approval rating? Answer: He stayed the course.

Jesus didn’t change. He came into Jerusalem with the specific purpose of going to Calvary. He came to do the Father's will. He would let nothing stop Him from doing what He knew needed to be done. He would not let the Roman government stop Him. He would not let the religious leaders stop Him. He would not let the applause of the people stop Him. Jesus did not care what mankind thought. He only cared about what His Father thought. What about us?

Let us all continue to do our work, whether in the public sector or private sector, to the best of our ability and for the glory of God. Let us not do it for the applause of man, but rather, for the applause of God. It’s been said, “Leaders act on conviction, performers act on applause.” Jesus wasn’t some Hollywood Oscar nominee acting for the applause of man. His applause would come later as He ascended to heaven. The same is true for you and I, for on earth the applause will never last, but in heaven the applause will never stop.

On this day of great rejoicing, Lord Jesus Christ, when we welcome You as our King and Savior, we also walk in the shadow of Your cross. Hosanna! we cry. Blessed are You who come in God’s name to save us. Hosanna! Strengthen our faith on this Palm Sunday so that when the time comes to carry the cross we might still call out to You with heartfelt praise. Give us the grace and the courage to follow You this Holy Week from death to resurrection, from darkness to the fullness of light.We need You, Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior. Hosanna! Amen.
Apr 14 2019