John 12:12-19 What Is Palm Sunday?

John 12:12-19 What Is Palm Sunday

12 The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out:
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
The King of Israel!”

John 12:12-13

Today is Palm Sunday, a day in which believers celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, where the Savior would eventually be killed on the cross.

Jesus knew He was walking into an ambush, yet He went ahead with the entire devious plan, knowing full well He was about to endure torture and suffering beyond any human measure.

Thanks to my ex-wife, and her Satanic plan to execute me to cash in on my life insurance and inherit my property, I recently went through a similar experience back in Hernando County where I walked into an ambush, knowing I was about to be persecuted, tortured and abused.

I was given a glimpse of what Jesus went through, and I do not wish it on my worst enemy…

So today, to commemorate Palm Sunday, we are invited to journey back in time to witness a momentous occasion in the life of Jesus Christ – His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. In John 12:12-19, we find the account of this significant event, where Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah, is welcomed into the holy city with shouts of praise and adoration.

The scene is set with anticipation and excitement as Jesus approaches Jerusalem. The crowd, aware of His miraculous works and teachings, spreads their cloaks on the road and cuts branches from palm trees to pave the way for the King of Kings. They cry out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!” (John 12:13).

But what is the significance of this moment, and why do we commemorate it each year on Palm Sunday? Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, a time of reflection and remembrance leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, the Christ. It serves as a reminder of the fulfillment of prophecy and the unfolding of God’s plan for salvation.

First and foremost, Palm Sunday reminds us of Jesus’ identity as the promised Messiah. The shouts of “Hosanna” echo the words of Psalm 118:25-26, a psalm of praise and thanksgiving for God’s deliverance. By embracing Jesus as the one who comes in the name of the Lord, the crowd acknowledges Him as the fulfillment of God’s covenant promises – the Savior who has come to rescue His people.

Furthermore, Palm Sunday foreshadows the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus will make for the redemption of humanity. As Jesus enters Jerusalem, He knows that His journey will lead Him to the cross. Despite the adulation of the crowd, He is acutely aware of the suffering that awaits Him. Yet, He willingly embraces His mission out of love for mankind.

In the midst of the jubilant celebrations, Palm Sunday also serves as a sobering reminder of the fickleness of human nature. The same crowd that welcomes Jesus with shouts of praise will soon turn against Him, demanding His crucifixion. Their shouts of “Hosanna” will be replaced by cries of “Crucify him!” (Mark 15:13).

As we reflect on the events of Palm Sunday, let us examine our own hearts and consider our response to Jesus Christ. Are we like the crowd, easily swayed by the opinions of others and quick to abandon our faith when faced with adversity? Or do we remain steadfast in our commitment to follow Jesus, even when the path is difficult?

Palm Sunday calls us to reexamine our priorities and reaffirm our allegiance to Christ.

It challenges us to live lives of authentic discipleship, characterized by humility, obedience, and unwavering faith. Just as the crowd welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem, let us open our hearts to receive Him as our Lord and Savior, welcoming Him into every aspect of our lives.

As we continue our journey through Holy Week, may we walk with Jesus, accompanying Him to the cross and ultimately rejoicing in His victory over sin and death. May the spirit of Palm Sunday inspire us to live lives of worship and service, honoring the King of Kings in all that we do.

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Father God;
We thank you for your presence in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom bestowed upon John,
And we ask you Lord to help us find joy in your perfect plan.

Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through your Word, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by the truth as we spread the good news to one and all,
And lead the lost to You.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us,
To bless our lives and fill us with hope.
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and our place with you in Heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done, here on Earth and through the vast Universe,
May our hearts be filled with your everlasting love and grace.
Praises to You God, Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre

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Daniel St.Pierre

Daniel St.Pierre is a born again child of God. A Canadian immigrant to the United States, Daniel considers himself "blessed to be a blessing" as the ministry he leads continues to reach thousands of souls each month, on a global scale since 2003.