“The next day the crowds who has come up for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. they took branches of palm and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessings on the King of Israel, who comes in the name of the Lord.’ Jesus found a young donkey and mounted it – as scripture says: Do not be afraid, duaghter of Zion; see your king is coming, mounted on the colt of a donkey. At the time his disciples did not understand this but later, after Jesus had been glorified, they remembered that this had been written about him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead were telling how they had witnessed it; it was because of this, too, that the crowd came out to meet him: they had heard that he had given this sign.” John 12:12-18
We have been given a sign. We have been reminded that the King has come! he came from a humble stable, lived in a backwater town, preached in the countryside of a obscure province of a vast empire. He rode a young donkey, entered with praises and then was dragged to a tormented death only to be glorified again with the Father. We celebrate this event with palm branches, branches that were to signify the cleaning of the road, a dusty road into a glorious city.
Let the palm branches represent to you the clearing of the wilderness and the sheltering us from the dust of the world. For in Christ we are also glorified with the Holy Spirit, joined with God the Father. The waste of the Wilderness is now gone, we walk on a cushioned path, softened by Grace. The filth of the word no longer clings to us.
Prayer for Today: Blessed is he who come in the Name of the Lord! Spread our branches before the King who reigns in the Most High heaven. Glory to God. Amen!