Palm Sunday

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Hosannah!

As a Sunday school teacher, we must be able to communicate and teach our students about theefficacy of Palm Sunday, how it affects us all and how it should be celebrated. Most people see the day as an ordinary day which we all hold palm fronds and shout “Alleluia” without knowing the core spiritual relevance of the day. Because of this, they are so spiritually unprepared and the day goes without any impact on their lives; this is not good as it portrays one as a wasteful and unwise person before God. 

God invested so much in Palm Sunday and He expects His children to be fully prepared for the day in expectation of His son who rode into Jerusalem (the place of purpose) on a colt which no man had ever sat on (Luke 19: 30-34) in a triumphant way to silence all opposing voices and lift up the voice of the children of God. 

Let’s look at the Bible verses below to understand the essence of Palm Sunday

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!”[a]
“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.”

Luke 19:29-40

The above verses point out 3 things:

  1. Go ye into the village over against you:Man originated from somewhere (his root), a place where his parents originated, a particular village that our names came out. This place is a place of power which had everything and anything that works that rules over and work against the children of God, it’s a place where they are being held by principalities and powers which have taken dominion in our lives with voices speaking against the purpose of God.
  2. A colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither:This represents man who is held down by powers from his root and rendered him useless and powerless. A man who had been praying for breaking forth but no result has come, a man who had heard a lot of promises but no manifestation, a man who invested in God but His lot is always taken away, the voice of the Lord which is above all has spoken for him to be released and brought to Him. 
  3. And if any man ask you:It’s those that own the colt that would ask why had it been loosened or taken without their consent. These are people who had taken dominion over a man’s life from his root. They are the ones who had been controlling all he does. It’s only what they want in his life that will happen. They have taken possession of him and all that belongs to him, so they asked and the response He told them to give was “the Lord hath need of him.”The voice of Him who is the wisdom and power of God is out to shut all voices and make His voice reign supreme in the life of a man. 

The happening of Palm Sunday is not a random event. It’s what God has planned even before the creation of the world, but He revealed it to Moses by instruction that it’s a lamb that shall be used to redeem a colt (Ex 13:13). Jesus being the lamb of God came to redeem man who is a colt, but before He could do that man must be submissive in totality to His will without caring about his life (Luke 9:23) and He must take absolute control of over him, then the journey of redemption starts in his life hence the reason Jesus rode on a colt. We must not teach our students the assumption that if Jesus was still on Earth now, He would have ridden a private jet or expensive cars, this is the mentality Satan injected into the lives of believers as it’s against the order set by God from inception. 

The triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem showed us 3 things:

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!”[a]
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Luke 19 : 35 – 38

13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Hosanna!
[a]
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
[b]
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”

John 12 : 13
  1. Without being told, people spread their cloth for Jesus who is seen as a king but automatically they are honouring the colt as well. This shows that when man submits to the will of God, he would be honoured as the person he submits to. He would be seen as different and people will unconsciously (without being told) respect him and he will do things effortlessly. 
  2. There were shouts of joy in heaven and on Earth because the king is coming to meet those He rules over and set them free. People started singing from their hearts, rejoicing that the promise God has made about bringing man back to Him is being fulfilled. The daughters of Zion were exceedingly glad to see that they and their children’s children are finally redeemed and free as written in Zac 9:9. From here the song of Hosanna originated and its only Celestial Church of Christ that’s given this mystery. As we chant and greet ourselves “Hosanna”, we are happy that finally, all we have been waiting for/asking since last year would be attended to by our Lord who has come to visit us and redeem us. 
  3. They took branches of Palm trees to meet Him. As we all use palm fronds on this day, this

signifies that our Lord has prevailed over all powers and voices. And as He prevailed, we also will prevail and dominate. No power will hold us down, as nothing holds down the growth and excelling of a palm, so also the same covenant works in our lives. 

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.”

Luke 19 : 39 – 40

Even after meeting the king and in a happy mood, Satan will still use some people close to us to shut us up and try to show us that after today things will return to normal with continued hardship, showing us the impossibility in God and teaching us out of their perverse minds. We must be very careful as not to carelessly consent to what they are saying because if we do, we would be replaced with what’s not up to us. And of course, if Jesus had turned stones to bread, what would be on standby if people kept silent?

Palm Sunday is a day which the Lord meets those He rules over to set them free totally. Wemust be prepared physically and spiritually. Our minds must be willing to receive Him, we rejoice and show appreciation with the mind that all of our cases would be settled on that day.

May our Lord coming to visit us meet us worthy in Jesus Christ name.

Author: Ayo Sobule

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