Palm Sunday

Devotional

“And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: ‘Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’Mark 11:9

In the book of Luke in chapter 9, the Bible tells us that Jesus “set His face to go to Jerusalem.” It has been documented that from Luke 9:51 through Luke 19:27, we are given the story of the long journey to the cross. He set His face towards the cross and set His crucifixion in motion on Palm Sunday.

The Bible tells us that Jesus sent two of His disciples ahead to get a colt, the foal of a donkey. Matthew 21:4-5 tells us that at this point, Jesus fulfills a prophecy outlined for us in Zechariah 9:9 which says, “Behold your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.”  The pilgrims and travelers who began throwing their robes and palm branches before Jesus knew this scripture and they knew He was proclaiming to be Messiah. The palm branches were a sign of victory, joy and salvation. This was a sign of homage and acknowledgement of a King over the Jews.

Jesus also fulfilled another prophecy here that is outlined for us in Daniel 9. In 445 B.C., Artaxerxes gave a decree to Nehemiah to rebuild the city and the walls of Jerusalem (Neh. 2:1-8). And, it would be 483 years (360 day years) when Messiah would show up on scene. On the date Jesus made His State Entry, it had been 483 years from the date of the decree. Yet another prophecy fulfilled!

In the prophetic calendar, we are in what is known as the “church age”. The time between the 69th and 70th weeks of Daniel. There is one last event that needs to take place before the last set of 7 years begin, as outlined in Revelation. The church must be “caught up” and taken out of the way so that God’s judgment can begin. This is known as the Great Tribulation period.

Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem sets in motion the Lord’s Passion Week resulting in His death, burial and resurrection. He died for the sins of the world and has gone to prepare a place in heaven for those who acknowledge Him as their Savior. When Jesus comes for His church, will you be ready or will you be left behind?

“I take God at His word and deed, Christ died to save me – this I read, And in my heart I find a need Of Him to be my Savior. 

Yea, living, dying, let me bring my strength, my solace, from this spring, that he who lives to be my King, once died to be my Savior.” – Dora Greenwell

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