Day 40: 6th Sunday Celebration — Palm Sunday (April 9th)
Reading: Matthew 21:1–17
Palm Sunday is a day of celebration. If we could just visit such a moment in the history of our faith, we would see a triumphant and humble entrance of our King, Jesus Christ. As he entered the city riding on a donkey, people declared: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
The people were celebrating the triumphant entrance of Jesus. There was a belief and a promise they were holding on to. The belief was in the prophecy of the one who has come to save. The very word hosanna was a cry meaning: help or save, I pray. The people were holding on to the belief that Jesus had come to set them free. They were not only proclaiming it in belief, but were asking for Jesus to save them as he entered the city. They wanted to be saved from the Roman oppression. They believed Jesus had come to overthrow the Roman government.
Looking in hindsight, now we are able to see that Jesus did indeed come to save; not from Roman oppression but to save us from the sin that holds us captive. We are indeed set free. We as believers are able to celebrate to one who comes to save. We are able to celebrate with shouts of Hosanna in the highest because Jesus came to save. Jesus came to overthrow death. Jesus came to set the captive free. Jesus came so that you don’t have to be a slave to sin, but you can walk in the victory and freedom set in motion for you by God from the beginning of time. We are able now to celebrate because God himself came to save us. How will you celebrate today the day Jesus entered the city, victoriously knowing He would ransom His life for the sins of all?
Prayer: God, thank you for who you are. Thank you for the plan you set in motion from the very fall of mankind, so that we might have victory in Jesus Christ’s sacrifice. Help me to understand and celebrate the sacrifice Jesus Christ made to save us. May I always remember myself and be able to share the significance of Palm Sunday and the humble and triumphant entry of our Lord, Jesus Christ, victoriously riding in to save me from my sin. Amen!