Today is Palm Sunday. This is the first day of the Holy Week, the last week of Jesus on earth. More than two thousands years ago, Jesus entered into Jerusalem and willingly submited Himself to the will of the Heavenly Father to die for the sin of the world. He came to replace us on the Cross so that we too can enjoy fellowship with God. He came and he entered Jerusalem that day so that He can reverse the curse of sin and set us free.
The Bible tells us that on that day, when the people heard that He was coming to Jerusalem they were glad and elated. To welcome this King, they took palm branches which can be commonly found and wave it as a praise offering to Him. Many took off their outer garment and placed them on the floor to make way for this King of glory. However, little did many of them know that in the midst of praise and great rejoicing, Jesus, the Son of the Living God, was riding His way to the final destiny of His earthly ministry. Everything about Palm Sunday reflect great humility and submission to the divine will of Yahweh. The palm leaves, the donkey and even the people that worshipped Him on that day.
Today as we praise and worship the King of kings and Lord of lords, let us also remember His humility and submission to the will of God. He didn’t have to do it, but He did it for us! It wasn’t easy, but to Him it was worth it. To many he could have taken that opportunity to consolidate His influence among the people. However He didn’t. It was not God’s will to do that. He didn’t come to set up an earthly kingdom. He came so that we can be set free!
Almighty and everliving God, in Your tender love for the human race
You sent Your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to
take upon Him our nature, and to suffer death upon the Cross,
giving us the example of His great humility:
Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of His suffering,
and also share in His resurrection;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
(from the Book of Common Prayer)