PALM SUNDAY FOUNDATIONS Read Matthew 21:1-17

If you’ve read Matthew 21 with  me today, you know what happened on the 1st Palm Sunday.  Jesus enters Jerusalem from the nearby town of Bethphage on the Mount of  Olives riding a donkey with lots of enthusiastic and hopeful people casting palm branches and clothing down on the dusty street to make His way clear—‘here comes our Messiah, who will save us’!  They shout that Hebrew word ‘Hosanna’, which means ‘save us’.  He’s the Savior we’ve been waiting for…He’s the promised Messiah, promised  by God Himself.  Yes,’ Hosanna!  Hosanna to the Son of David!’ But,  I have a question for you–how did they know that Jesus was their Messiah?  Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of David?  You know how…just as we do.  We know Him through His Word, the Bible.  The foundations for Palm Sunday are found in the Old Testament.  They are  found in the Bible.  The entry of Jesus into Jerusalem is built solidly on God’s Spoken and Written Word.  In those 17 verses from Matthew 21 there are quotes from all over the Old Testament…from Zechariah, from the Psalms, from Isaiah, from Jeremiah and then again from the collection of Psalms.  All that happened the Sunday that we call Palm Sunday, all the events, were recognized as an echo from the Old Testament that they knew so well.  Like when you feel that you’ve been somewhere before, a familiarity that begs for recognition…such was that Sunday.  I wonder if life is so confusing for us, even as believers, because we have so little of the Bible in us.  The tools are there for the taking, but the using of them is so rare.  Palm Sunday only made sense because God said in many places through many prophets, through many  books  and letters and true encounters that He was sending His Savior into a needy world, into our desperate lives.  ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.’  Upon Jesus…upon His Word…your Bible! The foundation for all our life but now and forever!

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