“Hosanna in the highest!” He who saves comes today in a parade. We celebrate Palm Sunday for the same reason we celebrate Christmas: it is a significant event. Jesus was born with one purpose: to show us the way, the truth, and the life.
The celebration and words we say today remind us of this. People were cheering for a king that day. Jesus is a king. He just as not the kind of king people along the parade route were seeking. They sought the only kind of king they knew. They sought a king like King David, someone to lead them out of Roman oppression.
As our King, we know that Jesus leads us out of oppression. On the cross he freed us from sin and death. Because of the eternal life He offers, sin and death no longer have power over our lives. Jesus also calls us to be agents who end oppression. He calls us to help the weak, to care for those trapped by need, and to triumph justice.
“Hosanna in the highest!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Jesus is indeed mighty to save. Today we celebrate this idea. Then we go forth to bless others as we serve in the name of the only one who can save: Jesus Christ.
Scripture reference: Psalm 118: 26-29 and Luke 11: 8-10