Palm Sunday

In some ways, Palm Sunday is one of the most difficult days of the church year.  Not only do we experience the jubilation of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, we also come face to face with the reality of the crucifixion.  Not only do we hail Jesus as our King, we are also indicted among those who cry for his execution.  In some ways, Palm Sunday is schizophrenic and confusing, but in a much deeper and more important way, it is the moment in the church year that we are forced to come face to face with the fickleness of human nature.  As we experience the highs and the lows of this day, we are reminded of the fact that we have fallen short of God’s will for us, that we are in desperate need of salvation.  As we walk the journey of the coming week, I pray that we will remember that everything that is about to happen was done for our life and for our salvation.  Everything that happened to Jesus this week happened because of God’s inimitable and incomprehensible love for the world.

“Sometimes they strew his way and his strong praises sing, resounding all the day ‘Hosannas’ to their King.  Then ‘Crucify!’ is all their breath, and for his death they thirst and cry.” — Samuel Crossman

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