Palm/Passion Sunday, April 2, 2023
Read: Mark 11:1-11
The story of Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday is told in this passage from the Gospel of Mark. Jesus makes his return to Jerusalem amongst a large crowd of people who greet him with chants of “Hosanna” and laying of branches and cloaks. Here was the king that they had been waiting for. Laying of branches, leaves and the like was customary in recognition of the arrival of royalty. There is a real jubilation in the shouts of “Hosanna,” but Jesus isn’t actually coming as a political king, but a spiritual king.
The people looked to him to be that human king who could save them from the Roman Empire, but Jesus knew what was to come, what is purpose was on that fateful week. He did come to save, but not politically.
Palm Sunday is the start of holy week. Jesus knows what is ahead, and is steadfast in his action. He had the power to change course, but never took a detour. Palm Sunday begins the greatest story of love that one can imagine. Jesus came to save us all, even you and me. He knew the struggles that he would endure in Jerusalem, but he remained committed to love. Hosanna in the highest, indeed/
Certified Lay Servant
(from 2018 Lent Devotional Book)
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