Let the Palm Branches Wave

“Hosanna! Hosanna!”

The shouts were heard through the streets as Jesus Christ rode into town. It was a celebration – a day of great expectations!

Zechariah 9:9, “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

The crowds waved Palm Branches, which was a symbolic gesture in recognizing the Maccabean victory when the Jewish people retook Jerusalem. When the people saw Jesus coming, they saw victory from Roman oppression; they saw King David; they saw freedom.

But they didn’t understand the reality of what was happening. Their expectations were not met and less than 3 days later, the cries of “Hosanna! Hosanna!” were changed to “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” Even those who were closest to Him – His disciples – would deny and betray Him as well. On Palm Sunday, the crowds wanted Him to be what they wanted, not what He actually was.

No one wanted a crucified Messiah! The Messiah the prophets spoke about; the Messiah who would save them; the Messiah who would be their new King, he was a warrior! He was a conqueror! He could not be on a Cross.

Sometimes we place our expectations on Jesus. We see things in our lives differently. We think we know what should happen – but His plan is so much better.

The day Jesus rode into town, no one could fathom the very next Sunday would revolutionize lives. The world would be changed forever.

Jesus came to meet our needs – not our expectations.

Jesus came to deliver us from sin – not from politicians or political movements.

Jesus came to serve us – to love us – to teach us – not to give us what we want when we want it.

Jesus came to give to us eternal life.

Approach this Holy Week with appreciation and gratitude. Spend time with Him in prayer. Celebrate His victory. Tell others of His Good News!


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