April 11, 2022

Luke 19:36 As he rode, the people gave him a grand welcome, throwing their coats on the street. (The Message Bible)

The Sunday before Easter is referred to as Palm Sunday but I am not sure why. Of the four gospels, only John makes any reference to palms. Matthew and Mark use a word that gets translated as “leafy branches” but is not the same word John uses that gets translated as palms. Luke only mentions articles of clothing being thrown on the street as Jesus passes through on a donkey. The Old Testament talks about a general named Jehu who used military force to take the throne of the son of the hated king Ahab. 2 Kings 9:13 tells us that Jehu’s supporters “quickly took their cloaks and spread them under him on the bare steps. Then they blew the trumpet and shouted, ‘Jehu is king!’” Whether it is palms or leafy branches or clothing, the point was that the people were giving Jesus royal treatment as he came to Jerusalem on that Sunday before Passover. How will you give Jesus royal treatment this year? 

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