JOY for Today - Palm Sunday 2022
Palm Sunday, a day when throngs of people gathered to welcome their savior, abounds in JOY, yet it comes with a shadow. We know by week's end Jesus undergoes crucifixion. We know it was people like us that voted for Him to die. We know what it means to blame our failed expectations on a meek and humble savior. While a solemn time of reflection, consider the sacrifice He willingly made on your behalf. He would do it again if it were only for you and that, my friends, should bring you great JOY.
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Palm Sunday Offerings:
- Did You Know...
- Wolfe Stew Connects
- Bible Verses and Quotes
- Activity Suggestions (For families, classrooms, or individuals)
- Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week? Holy week is an eight-day journey of remembering the events and revealed prophecies leading up to Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection.
- Palm Sunday honors Jesus claiming his place as Messiah? Jews memorized biblical prophecy and knew Zechariah foretold the Messiah would arrive riding a donkey, which is precisely what Jesus did as he entered Jerusalem.
- Palms are a symbol of victory? Annually, the Israelites built and dwelt in palm branch huts for seven days to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. The Feast of Tabernacles served to remind the Israelites of their deliverance from Egypt (Leviticus 23:40-43). Commonly depicted on coins and prominent buildings, palm branches were also carved into King Solomon's temple (I Kings 6:29). In Revelation 7:9, a numerous diverse crowd greets the Lamb before the throne with palm branches to declare that salvation comes from God and the Lamb. When the citizens of Jerusalem wave their palm branches at Jesus, they are declaring He is their Messiah and are putting their hope in Him for a victorious salvation.
- The donkey symbolized peace, judgement, and relief?
- PEACE: To ride in on a strong stallion would be a proclamation of war. By riding on a donkey, Jesus communicates His reign will be one of peace.
- JUDGEMENT: Balaam's donkey warned the prophet of disobedience (Numbers 22); Samson used a donkey's jawbone to defeat the Philistines (Judges 15:15-17); after Jesus' entry He turns over the money changers' tables in the temple (Matthew 21:12-13).
- RELIEF: Donkeys loaded with gifts to prevent wrath were commonly used in the Old Testament (I Samuel 25:18-26) and Jesus is the ultimate gift that fulfills divine consequence (Romans 6:23). Furthermore, the donkey, a burden bearer, symbolizes Jesus' intent to bear the burdens of all people, especially the overlooked and oppressed (Isaiah 58:6; Matthew 11:28-30; Isaiah 46:4; Psalm 34:17).
- "6 Things You Did Not Know About Palm Sunday" by Lesli White at Beliefnet.com
- "8 Things Most Christians Don't Understand about Jesus' Triumphal Entry" by Dr. Roger Barrier at Crosswalk.com
- "What is Holy Week? - 8 Days of Easter You Need to Know" by Meg Bucher at Crosswalk.com
- "The Significance of a Palm Branch" by Airrez at Christian.net
We'd Love to Know:
We'd Love to Know:
How you know God is worthy of your TRUST.
- "He said to them, 'Go to the town you can see there. When you enter it, you will find a donkey that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here to me.'" Mark 11:2 ERV
- "Rejoice greatly, Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! Look! Your King is coming to you. He is righteous and brings salvation. He is humble and is riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey." Zechariah 9:9 EHV
- "Tell the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey. A colt, the foal of a donkey.'" Matthew 21:5 NKJV
- "They took palm branches and went out to meet him. They kept shouting: "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord - the King of Israel!" John 12:13 CSB
- "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." Matthew 21:9 KJV
- "No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown." - William Penn
- "Lord, we lift up your name. / With hearts full of praise; / Be exalted, O Lord my God! / Hosanna in the highest!" - Carl Tuttle
- "Ride on, ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die; O Christ, thy triumphs now begin O'er captive death and conquered sin." - Henry Hart Milman
- "He came in peace to give the people peace. They preferred salvation from taxation to salvation of their souls - and so in a few days they would prefer Barabbas to be freed instead of Jesus. Jesus could see that this was their mindset, and so in the midst of this praise, with people waving the palm branches like a national flag, Jesus wept." - Paul Wallace
- "We will never know, this side of heaven, what terrible struggles took place in the spiritual world between Palm Sunday and Easter morning." - Rodney Buchanan
We'd Love to Know:
Which verse or quote will you carry with you to Easter?
- Reading Scriptures through Holy Week with Christianity.com. They bullet point daily events and give you scripture references to read along with it.
- Attending a Palm Sunday service.
- Journaling how you have experienced the victory of Jesus.
We’re excited to share one more day with you and wish you JOY for Today and HOPE for Tomorrow.
Fighting the Good Fight with You,
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