Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve popped in, but I’ve been busy, and unfortunately, it looks like I can only come here around once or if I’m blessed, two-three times a month 😦
But I’m here now, so let’s make the most of it.
This past Sunday was Palm Sunday- the mark of the beginning of Holy Week, one of the biggest celebrations among Christians.
Because it marks the last week that Jesus was with His disciples as a human being and the lead up to His crucifixion.
That’s all nice, but why do we have Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday? What is the significance of these days?
Well this week, I’ll be explaining what Jesus did on these days to make them special, starting today with a belated Palm Sunday.
In order for us to do that, we will need to read Luke 19:28-44
Here, Jesus has told His disciples to go the nearby village and untie a colt and bring it to Him, verses 28-34.
The first thing that grabbed by attention reading this passage was that Jesus wanted to ride a baby donkey- not a majestic horse with a chariot, not even a regular donkey with a wagon. He just wanted to ride a baby donkey.
For me, that highlights how humble and meek Jesus is- He knew that He had power. He knew that He could show off His power. But He doesn’t do this.
Then in verses 34-38, His disciples and the crowds get excited upon His arrival. His disciples give up their cloaks for Him and place them on the colt. And when He walks through the streets of Jerusalem, the crowds give up their cloaks and place them on the dusty roads for them to be trampled on by a colt. But not just any colt. The colt that is ridden by Jesus Christ. And they sing their praises to Him:
“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
As I was reading this little section, I thought about Proverbs 31:30-31, where it says:
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last. But a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done-Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.”
Jesus understood this principle. As God’s Son, Jesus is filled with His Father’s Grace, which was poured out in His actions and attitude around others, whether He was in public or not. But when did people hail Him? Just a few days before His death, after He had been teaching for three years.
So what can we as Christians take away from Palm Sunday?
When we serve other people, we are supposed to show God’s Grace. And like Proverbs 31:30-31 says, the beautiful things that our stored in our hearts will be shown and praised at one point, whether it is a simple thank you or like Jesus, a huge celebration.
How about you?
What do think of when you read this story?
How can you show God’s Grace to others?