Praise

Matthew 21:6-10

6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?”

Today on Palm Sunday we remember that the people celebrated Jesus’ arrival into Jerusalem with the honor they would show a king. Palm branches waved and coats were strewn across the road to honor Jesus as he passed by on the back of a colt. “Hosanna to the King!” they shouted wanting Jesus to be their earthly king, to save them from the Roman government.

Little did they understand just how much they needed saving from or who this Jesus truly was. They did not know what Jesus was about to do for them or for any that call upon his holy name. Instead the jubilant crowd cried out in praise to Jesus with the same lips that would call for his crucifixion a few days later. Can you picture Jesus moving peacefully through the throngs of people fully devoted to lovingly fulfilling the Father’s plans before him?

May we enter this holy week seeking to praise Jesus as our everlasting King of Kings. May our humble praises bring glory to our risen Lord and Savior.