Palm Sunday is the celebration of Jesus entering the City of Jerusalem the week of Passover. Passover is a huge celebratory time for those of the Jewish faith because it is a time to reflect upon their delivery from the Egyptians led by Moses as they headed to the Promised Land. After being enslaved for 430 years by the Egyptians, the people of God were headed to freedom and the land God had promised to their ancestor, Moses.
The night before they left Egypt God sent the final plague which would change the mind of Pharaoh to set God's people free. The Death Angel would pass over each home striking the firstborn of every family including the animals. The only sign needed for the Death Angel to pass over a home was the blood of a lamb on the doorposts. That blood sacrifice that covered the entrance to the home was the only prerequisite required.
After this night, the blood of a lamb was brought to the temple in Jerusalem each year and sacrificed for the sins of the people during the celebration of Passover and the remembrance of this night. Lambs were most commonly purchased in Jerusalem upon arrival by those that traveled great distances. The most spotless of lambs possible were purchased and given to the priests so the ritual of sacrifice could be carried out for the sins of each family.
Can you imagine the amount of blood that would run throughout the streets of Jerusalem if each family gave a lamb for their sins? And yet on Palm Sunday, Jesus, the perfect, sinless Lamb of God, entered the City of Jerusalem for the final time as he prepared to give his life a ransom for the sins of the entire world. No longer would each family have to give a lamb to be sacrificed because the ultimate sacrifice has been given. But blood was shed, my friends. The precious, sinless blood of Jesus.
This week, remember what Jesus did for us and spread the good news of what we gain from his offering. When breath leaves these earthly bodies we will each take a walk through the valley of the shadow of death and we will fear no evil, because Jesus will be with us....he is one casting the shadow so we are not harmed by death, but will accompany us in walking victoriously into the Light of Heaven....our eternal home.
God's blessings on a week of remembrance and celebration....
Cookie & Gary
Judith "Cookie" White is the founder of The Sounding Board Ministry. She is the author of two devotional books which are available on this site.