Going back 17 centuries in time is a long time, but let’s do that. Here we are in the 4th century in the church in Jerusalem. The church people would walk around the town gathering at different sites to remember Jesus ministry of the one who came to set their people free. After celebrating at the various sites in Jerusalem, the church people would arrive at the place of Jesus ascension and the clergy would recite the scriptures of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matthew21;1-11, Mark 11;1-11, Luke19:28-44, John 12:12-20). Then at night there would be services celebrating the triumphal entry.
Read the above scripture texts from your Bible now. What you will see is that Jesus did not chose Bethlehem, or Nazareth to make his entry, he chose Jerusalem, which means “house of bread”. He chose the capital of Roman power as well as the capital of oppressing those who did not uphold Roman values to go public about the bread that will really sustain the people.
Jesus also made another strategic decision: He chose a donkey to enter the city. Donkeys were customarily used by royalty, who processed into the town making claims of peace. We also know that the donkey is “a beast of burden. Jesus did not ask to be brought into town by any other animal, but by the animal that was chosen to carry the heaviest burden to bring a message of peace to the people.
As he rode into town, the people waiting for their long expected Messiah came out to greet him. They came with palm branches, because palm branches symbolized new life. The ever green leaves represented the everlasting life Jesus was promising by proclaiming himself the Messiah. While the people paved the way with palm leaves, they also cried out in praise: “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest.” The highest honor was given to the one, who comes to save the people. Jesus was proclaiming that true peace will not come by military might, but by humbly proclaiming the way of the savior.
While Jesus had often during his earthly ministry asked those he ministered to not to tell anyone who he is, Jesus now recognized this was the right time to fulfill the prophecy in Zechariah (9:9).
Glendale churches will be celebrating Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week on Sunday, the (17 April, 2011). How about going to remember and celebrate Jesus coming out as the long expected Messiah. Times of services will be posted at the churches as well as on web-sites.
At home you may want to read the following poem and if you want to claim Jesus as your Messiah, you may after reading the poem say in praise to God: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosannah in the highest.”
Palm Sunday by Kay Hoffman
They waved palm branches as He passed
And hailed Him as their King;
Yet, they knew not of the sorrow
The coming week would bring.
The glad acclaim would soon give way
To jeers and mockery;
In Pilate’s court He’d be condemned
To a cross on Calvary.
But Jesus knew He was the price
In God’s redemptive plan,
The Sacrificial Lamb come down
To die for sins of man.
The centuries have passed and still
He seeks those lost in sin,
Pleading with unyielding hearts
To repent and follow Him.
On this day we shout our praise,
O, let us not delay;
The palm-strewn path of long ago
Still leads to Him today.
And let us say once more: “Hosanna. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”