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Mark 11:1-11

Palms and Patriots

The scene of the Triumphal Entry is heart-warming in a way. The great affection expressed to Jesus as He humbly rides toward Jerusalem hints at the kind of enthusiastic worship many genuine believers long for. Yet indications are that the original celebration of what we call “Palm Sunday” was sorely lacking in legitimacy and depth – mostly because, at the time the people didn’t know who Jesus really was or what He came to do. It may well be that the act of laying down palm branches is similar to what we might do at a political rally or patriotic parade – wave our American flags. It appears that the people by and large saw Jesus as an earthly king who had come to deliver the Jews from their worldly political oppressors – in essence a Messiah of the state. It is not that they were wrong to hail King Jesus the way they did (after all God had ordained and foretold though the prophets this very “parade”) they just didn’t have the bigger, far more glorious plan of God in view. A lot would happen in the real life “drama” of redemption from this point on – some very terrible things to behold. It is only on the other side of the Passion that things become clear: this is the Lord of Glory, the King of the Everlasting Kingdom. With that in mind our concept of hailing Jesus is far more glorious – so far above the adoration on the dusty road to Jerusalem and far more likened to this glimpse of heaven. After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Revelation 7:9- 10.