“The next day, when the large crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took palm branches and went out to meet Him. They kept shouting: ‘Hosanna! He who comes in the name of the Lord is the blessed One — the King of Israel!'”
The Sunday before Easter . . .
The Sunday before Easter . . . congregations sing Hosanna! while children wave palm branches in church aisles. It’s the day we remember the Triumphal Entry, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.
On that day, an impromptu parade broke out. Like a flash mob of singers and dancers. Filling the streets with shouts of praise: Jesus is coming!
The same Jesus who commanded the wind and the waves.
The same Jesus who healed the hurting and restored the broken.
While the people sang and danced, Jesus rode that donkey into Jerusalem, knowing the cross was ahead. And He kept going anyway.
Today, we can look back at history and know what’s coming . . . Easter is coming.
But we can also look ahead and know what’s coming still . . . Jesus is coming. Again.
And we celebrate, not only on Palm Sunday, but every day. Because we know He’s coming again. He’s coming to bring His people home. And to set all wrongs right.
I can’t think of a better reason to sing Hosanna!
Today. And every day.
Do you have a tradition for remembering the Triumphal Entry?