Palm Sunday Devotional
April 10, 2022
by West Kenyon
Welcome to our Palm Sunday devotional and the first of seven individual devotionals for this Holy Week. Today we begin as Jesus prepares and enters Jerusalem with His disciples on His way to the cross.
Our scripture for today comes from Luke as we Journey together in remembrance.
Luke 18:31-34 and Luke 19:28-44 (NIV)
As Jesus predicts His death for the third time Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him; they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.”
The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.
Luke 19:28-44 (NIV)
After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “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.’”
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?” They replied, “The Lord needs it.” They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
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: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.
They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
And so it is my hope that you allow God to challenge you this week, with a new perspective on who you are expecting to ride into your life.
Are you confused and questioning just like the people were in Jerusalem, when Jesus shows up in your life?
Lord we come to you with honor and praise. We thank you that your ways are higher and greater than our ways, and your understanding greater than our understanding.
We are eternally grateful that you provided the gift of your Son, Jesus as the perfect sacrifice for our sin. A sacrifice that would once and for all redeem us from all of our unrighteousness.
Thank you that you walked this long road with us as an example for us to live by, Help us to open our eyes and ears and to soften our hearts to you.
We now ask all this in the name of the Savior Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
Be sure to check back tomorrow and every day through Easter Sunday for a new daily devotional, as together we take this time in remembrance of our Saviors gift to us.