28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” Luke 19: 28-44
Today many Christian denominations will celebrate Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday falls on the Sunday before Easter, and is also called a “movable feast.” I remember the first time I heard that expression, and asked a friend what that meant. His reply, “It means that the date is not fixed for this Holy Day, but always arrives the week before Easter!” I’ve since thought they should change the name from “movable feast” to a “memorable one!”
Palm Sunday specifically celebrates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, as documented in Mark 11:1-11, Matthew 21:1-11, Luke 19:28,44, and John 12:12-19. My favorite description of that day arrives within the 19th chapter of Luke where …
41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. Luke 19: 41-42
Through the years this verse has become my peace. On the days within my life where stress seems to find its way into my heart I stop for a moment and I picture Jesus riding a donkey through Jerusalem, palms being thrown on the ground before him, while his heart knew that he was the peace, and many could not see him. I believe the message within that verse is that God reminds me to live each moment with triumph, because when I don’t…
Defeat immediately arrives!
Now, ONWARD to remembering what Lord Nelson once said, “Palmam qui meruit ferat”, which is Latin for, “Let him bear the palm who has deserved it”