It’s Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week! Wait, what is Palm Sunday again? Well, I was asking myself the same thing earlier this morning so I looked it up. Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter to honor Jesus’s arrival in Jerusalem. According to John, “The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” (John 12:12-13)
These people coming out to bless the Lord had seen him do miracles. They are running out into the streets exclaiming their praise for Jesus with palms. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t see people running down the streets this morning shouting “Hosanna!” or waving palm trees around. You’re probably thinking, Elle, it’s modern times sweetie. People of this age don’t do that. And guess what? You’re right. People in today’s world don’t go parading through the streets showing their praise for Jesus.
Just because you don’t go fanning branches of palm trees around doesn’t mean you can’t praise Jesus today. In fact, you can praise the Lord in so many ways without being like the people of Jerusalem. Since Holy Week has just begun, I think it’s imperative that we praise Jesus everyday this week like never before. He deserves our praise this week more than ever because He is about to go die for us. If one of your friends was about to give their life for you, wouldn’t you praise them in every way possible?
Praising Jesus could look like a lot of things. It can be as simple as getting enough courage to sing at a church service to leading a prayer before a big game. You can also praise Jesus by leading by example. In every situation this week, stop and think, what would Jesus do? I know. It’s kind of cliche, but it’s a good thing to think before you do something you’ll regret.
Take a look at this text from the Bible: “So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.” (John 12:19) I challenge you this week to go after Christ. No matter where you stand in your faith with Jesus now, by the end of the week, I hope you’ll find yourself in a deeper relationship with Him. Evil gains nothing when the world chases Jesus.
Holy Week Challenge:
Find a different way of praising Christ this week and do it everyday. If you’re stuck on what to do, here are some examples: 1) Thank Jesus after something good happens to you 2) Pray right when you wake up 3) Memorize scripture–look below for some suggestions
The list goes on and on. Pick something that you usually don’t do. I’m sure Jesus will appreciate it.
Lord, thank you for another day on this Earth. You deserve much more praise than I offer to You. Help me this week dive deeper into my relationship with You. Let me praise your Name with everything I do. Amen.
Suggested Scripture Reading for Holy Week:
Suggested Scripture to Memorize: http://tolovehonorandvacuum.com/2011/01/50-most-important-bible-verses-to/