Matthew 21: And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.
This is just another Sunday to many people. Most, unless they were reminded, don’t realize it is Palm Sunday. On this particular day it began as any other. It was the week of Passover. This was a time for Israel to remember how the power of God delivered them out of Egypt. The original Passover set aside a lamb for sacrifice. They continued to do that each year. Jesus is the Lamb. Can others see the Lamb of God in me? In you? Can they see our trust of the Lamb? When John the Baptist was baptizing he saw Jesus coming and said behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. We need to let the world know we have been chosen. Before we were born Jesus died for our sins. If this day has lost its meaning to you, get back to where you should be with the Lord. We didn’t ask Jesus to die for us. As a matter of fact, the world wanted rid of him. Yet God loves us so much he sent Jesus and he in turn was willing to be the Lamb. It meant death on the cross. He is proud to be our Savior. He was set aside for it.
The people heard a commotion coming across the hill. People were shouting Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. They didn’t see a king in his robes on a prancing horse. They saw an ordinary looking man in everyday clothes sitting on a donkey. He walked most everywhere he went, but now he allowed himself to sit on a borrowed donkey. The people took their coats off providing a saddle and a path, making way for him. Some lay down palm leaves as well. God help us to be like this multitude and praise him! The time is coming that Jesus will come again “over the hill.” Did you realize that the Mount of Olives is east of Jerusalem? He’s coming in the east.
We should render unto Jesus that which he deserves. It was cool that day and people may not have wanted to take off their coats. They were putting them on a smelly animal and a dirty path. Don’t say “I’m not taking my coat off for Jesus.” We’ve gotten to the point of not giving to God. People lose the meaning and blessing of special days like these. They’re not willing to lay down their “garments” whatever they may be. People want to be noticed for what they do and say. They tell the Lord “if I do this I expect you to do that.” We need to immerse ourselves in the river of God. Whatever you lay down for God is not lost. What we dedicate to the Lord will be rewarded. We cannot out give God. If you’re keeping back something or pulled back something you’ve already given, take note. The King is coming. He’s not asking for anything we cannot give. This world will last for but a time. Life is for a season. Have you slowed up? Backed up? Can we not shout Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest?
In that day the people told Pilate they had no king but Caesar. Many say it today. I hear it when you stay home instead of coming to church. When you don’t read your Bible and pray as you should you’re saying I have no king. Holler it out not only with your mouth but with your life. Are you and I doing all we can to prepare the way for the King? If you’ve never been saved, he’ll meet you and will not cast you out. If you’re afraid to say anything because you might offend someone, this is not the place for political correctness. It’s time for Bible correctness. Is he your King? Are you willing to lay aside something for him? We’re children of God because he saved us. We’re also disciples and are to follow him and not dictate to him. Lay down whatever he’s asking for.
Palm Sunday is the day that people lay down in the way what they had for the Lord. Is there something you need to lay down? Something you need to give? I’m not talking about money. What in your life needs to be turned over to the Lord?