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What Do We Do On Palm Sunday?

Sometimes the highest highs in our lives come right before the lowest lows. We graduate college and can’t find a job. We get married and then have a miscarriage. We find our dream job and then get fired. We get a raise and then the car breaks down. 

This was definitely the case for the people in Jerusalem who celebrated Jesus entering the city on a donkey. Many saw him as their long-anticipated king— the one who would free them from tyranny and oppression. They signaled this by waving palm branches and laying down their coats. It was a hopeful moment and a triumphal moment. All felt right in the world. 

And then, Jesus wasn’t just killed, he was brutally crucified as an enemy of Rome. The sign above his head read, “King of the Jews.” The hope they had felt only days before quickly turned to despair.

But then he rose from the dead! He experienced, and then defeated, the worst the world had to throw at him—death, sin, and violence—and he promised to return again to make all things right.

In a way, we live in a similar time to the people in Jesus’s day—in the space between Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday. We declare him to be our King, with the hope that one day he will make all things right. And so, while we wait, we celebrate Palm Sunday and keep praying this prayer. 

“The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!’” (Matthew 21:9).

A Prayer for Palm Sunday

King Jesus, you sit on the throne of heaven with nail marks in your hands and feet. You have defeated death and the power of sin, and yet we still experience pain and suffering. As we wave these palm branches, we declare that you are our King, and we are your people. We remember all that you have done and look forward to all that you will do. We eagerly await your next triumphal return, when you will make all things right. But until then, may your peace rule in our hearts. Amen.  


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