Palm Sunday, April 5 | By Sam Sanders
(Theodulph of Orleans, 820 / Trans. John Mason Neale, 1854 – CGH #175 )
Palm Sunday, one week before Easter, celebrates the wonderful time of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Jesus’ followers were expecting the Messiah – a political king who would overthrow the Romans. They waved palm branches – a symbol of victory or triumph. They spread cloaks and palm branches to make a path in front of the donkey on which Jesus rode. They praised God for all the mighty works that they had seen (Luke 19:37). The joyous parade was complete with feasting and music.
Christian churches still celebrate in similar fashion: great music, children carrying palms, and frequently a church feast. We usually skip the donkey. The major ingredient of our celebrations is the congregation and choir singing hymns about the Messiah who takes away the sins of the world.
One of the greatest hymns we sing is All Glory, Laud, and Honor. All of the text is uplifting, but I don’t have to get past the first line to be inspired. “All glory, laud, and honor to Thee, Redeemer, King” conveys a stirring message.
Glory: an enthusiastic expression of worship and praise
Laud: extreme high praise used for a person of
unmatched achievement in a public context
Honor: high respect and esteem
The people at this festive occasion were not aware that the following days would be difficult for Jesus. But we are abundantly aware of the price Jesus gladly paid for our sins and thankfully offer Him “glory, laud, and honor,” accepting Him as our Redeemer and King.
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