by Lenny Ports

I Wanna Be a Donkey for Jesus
Lenny Ports
Matthew 21:1-10

My experience with Palm Sunday growing up was that we would go to Mass and everyone would be given a palm branch to hold for the whole service. What did it teach me? That Palm branches look pretty cool. That's about it.

Well the story of Palm Sunday is a little deeper than that. I believe that it holds major significance in our lives. Let's look at the story in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 21:

1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, ''Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. 3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them.'' 4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: 5 ''Tell the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.' '' 6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: ''Hosanna to the Son of David! 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!' Hosanna in the highest!'' 10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, ''Who is this?''

Observations from this Palm Sunday story:

The Palm was the symbol of victory in that war waged by the spirit against the flesh. This was the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. So the Palm branches symbolized the fact that Jesus would be their salvation - so they cried out SAVE US NOW JESUS the fact that they could not defeat the flesh without Christ.

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