Hosanna in the Highest

David CerulloBy David Cerullo2 Minutes

“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Mark 11:9 ESV).

Today is Palm Sunday, a day set aside to praise Jesus, the Messiah! Unlike the Jews of Jesus’ day, we know He did not come to conquer the world at His first coming, but will come again to right all wrongs, and that is worthy of our praise.

Palm Sunday commemorates the significant event of Jesus Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, as recounted in the Gospels. According to the Gospel of Matthew, this event fulfilled the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9, depicting the arrival of a righteous and victorious king riding on a donkey, a symbol of peace. As Jesus rode into the city, the crowd joyfully laid down their cloaks and branches, quoting Psalm 118:25–26, expressing blessings upon the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

The choice of a donkey holds symbolic significance. A war-waging king would ride in on a horse. Jesus’ deliberate use of a donkey conveyed his role as the Prince of Peace rather than a warrior king.

During the procession, in Luke 19:41, Jesus gazed upon Jerusalem and shed tears, foreseeing the imminent suffering and destruction that the city would endure, including the fate of the Second Temple. This moment foreshadows the profound sacrifice and trials that Jesus knew He would soon face on our behalf, and underscores the somber emotions the Savior must have been feeling amid the celebration.

This is truly a reverent time of remembrance.  God will honor and bless your devotion on this sacred day. I pray you have blessed Palm Sunday.

God bless you,