Palm Sunday, Our opportunity here on earth to foreshadow the forthcoming praise and honor to our God.
The problem is that the enemy wants so desperately to steal our praise ( because he knows the power of it ) that he has managed to convince many Christians to shun and even speak against this celebration.
I have heard it preached against and even a deejay on a popular gospel radio station even hopped aboard the misguided boat.
I now wish I had called her with a few scriptures!
So I’m not making that mistake again!
The argument Satan tricked people into falling for and spreading is that the ones who heralded Jesus on that faithful day, were the same ones that screamed “crucify him” a week later.
I don’t believe that and I am not gonna start now!
I will never be convinced that everyone in that crowd was just giving lip service, Jesus had many, many followers who loved him desperately.
We are blessed that we did not have to witness his torture and crucifixion, I can not imagine what they went through and I do know their love for him and the “Hosannas” they shouted were real.
I have seen palms thrown down, left in pews and even seen people refuse to take one. I always wondered if they think they are going to act like that in New Jerusalem?
Do they really even love the Lord, do they think they are too high or holy to praise him publicly? Is church just a place to go kill time? It really makes me wonder.
If you have fallen victim to this brain washing, please allow me to show you a very different side to that coin.
Think of it as a pep rally before the biggest game in the universe.
Study this out for yourself: Luke 19:29-40,
John 12: 12-16, Mark 11:10
And my text will be taken from Matthew 21:4,5,8,9:
“After Jesus had sent the disciples to retrieve the predestined colt “All of this was done so that it might fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, TELL YE THE DAUGHTER OF SION (Zion), BEHOLD, THY KING COMETH UNTO THEE, MEEK, AND SITTING UPON AN ASS, AND A COLT, THE FOAL OF AN ASS and a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the tress and strawed them in the way: the multitude that went before and that followed cried, HOSANNA TO THE SON OF DAVID: BLESSED IS HE THAT COMETH IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST.”
Translation, Save Now O King, this fulfilled prophecies, but it is also mirrors His second coming, just as those that went before and those that followed. Just as he found all the evils in the temple then and all the evils he will find on earth now when he returns upon Mt. Olive.
While his church is shouting, “Hosanna”, and the saints are praying “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” and “Even so, Come Lord Jesus”
This is the foreshadowing to Revelation 7:9-12
“AFTER THIS I BEHELD, AND LO, A GREAT MULTITUDE, WHICH NO MAN COULD NUMBER, OF ALL NATIONS, AND KINDREDS, AND PEOPLE, AND TONGUES, STOOD BEFORE THE LAMB, CLOTHED WITH WHITE ROBES, AND HAVING PALMS IN THEIR HANDS;
and cried with a loud voice, saying, SALVATION TO OUR GOD WHICH SITTETH UPON THE THRONE, AND UNTO THE LAMB and all the angels stood about the throne, and about the elders, and the four beasts,and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshiped God.
SAYING, AMEN: BLESSING, AND GLORY, AND WISDOM, AND THANKSGIVING, AND HONOUR, AND POWER, AND MIGHT, BE UNTO OUR GOD FOR EVER AND EVER. AMEN.”
Just as we are told in Zechariah 14, when he begins his reign on earth, they WILL worship him and they WILL keep his feast or it WILL NOT be pretty!
The purpose of Palm Sunday was to fulfill prophecy:
Zechariah 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation, lowly, (humble) and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt, the foal of an ass.”
Psalm 118:26 “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of God.”
There are many more, I’m sure. But think of it as the angel appearing to Joseph in a dream to tell him it was safe to go back home, well I am by no means an angel, but I am here to tell you, DO NOT BE AFRAID TO PRAISE YOUR GOD!
There is no such thing as bad praise, if is from your heart, Satan hates you, he does not want anyone to praise God because this was once his job, he was created to praise, but with his fall and banishment from the kingdom he lost that right and he will never again have it.
Our praise is freewill and it is OUR SACRIFICE.
Hosea 14:2 “Take with you words, and turn to the Lord: say unto him, TAKE AWAY ALL INIQUITY, AND RECEIVE US GRACIOUSLY:SO WILL WE RENDER THE CALVES OF OUR LIPS.“
So praise him, and praise him and continue to praise on, he inhabits the praises of his people!
EDITED FROM ORIGINAL POST:03/18/2014. Rev. Nina Brown Johnson 2015