Palm trees are popping up on my Insta feed this week. Our youth team of 120 kids have been working hard, in between beach days and Krispy Kreme donuts, they have been blessing people on Skid Row and running a kids club in Compton. We cannot wait to see our kids and hear their stories. They’ll be home on Tuesday evening, continue to pray for them as they start their journey home tonight.
And today. Palm branches.
Jesus and his disciples travel to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. Jesus asks for a colt to ride. Naturally.
The desperate people, they ran.
The bustling crowds, they cheered.
The branches were waved.
Their valued cloaks laid out on the dusty ground.
Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in God’s name! Blessed the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in highest heaven!
Hosanna! Remember the paper palm branches we made in school?
Hosanna! Every year the same story acted out in assembly, I was one of ‘the crowd.’
Hosanna! We all know it means joyful exclamation of adoration. But it’s more than that, its Hebrew meaning is save us or ‘Oh save us now!’ This crowd of oppressed people shouting hosanna, longed for salvation. Believing that this man on the colt would restore…
Lord remind us today. As we wave our paper palm branches and reread your story. As we shout ‘hosanna’- remind us salvation is ours – help us to fully grasp its true meaning: to be saved from danger, to be delivered, protected, rescued, kept from being lost, to be healed, and made whole.
But not just today, tomorrow and the roller coaster of Holy week.
And as you remind us of what we need to lay down, let us find amazing grace drowning our fickle ways, protecting us from saying Crucify Him.
Love, Michelle xo