As far as the written literature of the Christian world is concerned, somehow there appears to be a disturbing "calm" about "Palm" Sunday, one of the landmark events in our Saviour's life, with not too many articles abounding in relation to the same. It is the same with the Ascension Day and the Day of Pentecost. Somehow, in the Contemporary Church, these two momentous events do not seem to be given the due significance attached to other milestone events in our Saviour's life, such as Christmas, Good Friday and Easter.
In this Series laced with alliteration of
sub-headings beginning with the letter "P" for "Palm", yours truly feels
challenged to present the significance of Palm Sunday to Nuggets
readership through the following sub-headings:
Our Lord, who is scripturally known as
the Almighty's Pascal Lamb (See
1 Cor. 5:7) had said that He came not to abolish the law but to
fulfil it (See
Matt. 5:17). As Jesus had fulfilled the law in every respect, it is
not binding on us who follow Him in faith to observe the law in toto
Now coming back to the Saviour...As per the
Jewish Law, the Pascal Lamb, whose blood would save the Lord's chosen
ones from His wrath, had to be brought to the Jewish home four days
before its eventual slaying (See
Exodus 12:1-6). It follows, therefore, that the Divine Pascal Lamb
also would enter Jerusalem, the "home" (See
Psalm 132:13-14) of it's "Divine Owner", exactly four days before
His propitiatory death (See
1 Thess 1:10 TLB). Mind you, this "fourth day" for the Jews would
begin precisely at evening on the previous day by our calendars (6pm),
and would end at evening of the next day (exactly 24 hours later). So
folks, the atoning death of our Lord at 3 pm on "Good Friday" was not on
the "fifth" day after entering His Father's Home, but at a time which
was very much the part of the "fourth" day (See
If milestone events amongst others in our Redeemer's life, such as
His virgin birth at Bethlehem, crucifixion on the Cross, resurrection
and ascention were all prophesied (See
Ps. 22 /Ps.
16:10/Ps. 68:18), then what would make us think that the incidents which
were central to an event as significant as Palm Sunday, with His arrival
into God's home (also City-
Psalm 148:1-3) and it's subsequent purification that fuelled by His
righteous indignation would not be prophesied? Let the Scripture take
over at this stage. Firstly the Prophecy about His arrival...
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of
Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having
salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of
a donkey." (Zech. 9:9 ESV)
Then the one on His righteous
indignation which propelled Him to undertake impromptu cleansing of the
Temple: "For zeal for your house has consumed me..." (Ps. 69:9
While on the subject, we may now take the "loopline"
(permit me to use some of the Railways-related terminology) to cast
spotlight on the subject, "Why Prophecies". Remember that the very
salvation of mankind depended upon His single, singular life. As a
result, the Almighty God did not want any rationalist to attribute His
unique life, death and resurrection to a mere accident or coincidence.
Let me illustrate with a Railways related incident: While hurredly
alighting from a train in India, a servant of God forgot one of his
suitcases in the compartment. As the train chugged away from the
station, a chilling realization hit him that a suitcase now needed to be
retrieved from that train. Would he chase the train in a taxi?
Considering the traffic on the roads, there was no way he would do that,
for by the time he reached the next station, the train would have
already departed from there as well. So he frantically prayed that the
suitcase containing some very precious items of his would be
restored.Tears of joy started flowing from his eyes when lo and behold,
he heard the announcement in the station that the train which had
departed was returning. The reason? This devout soul would later
discover that the train had run short of water in its storage tank, and
the passengers were complaining. The driver had no other choice but to
bring it back to the station to refill its water tanks.
Christian would attribute the whole experience of this Servant of God to
Divine Providence, a rationalist would put it down to mere coincidence.
Consider for a moment, however, the following: What if everything about
this "lost and found" story had been foretold by way of writing in a
certain book? Would a rationalist still put it down to an accident or a
coincidence? No way. It is the same about Christ's life. It was not by
chance that everything happened the way it did at His first coming.
Rather, everything that transpired in His life was the Almighty's will!
Hmmmm...Didn't one wise man affirm "Prophecy is nothing but history
written in advance"?
Prayer: Father, Thou art Sovereign.
Everything is in Your hands. We need not worry when a crisis comes
calling. We resolve not to worry during our troubled times. In Jesus'
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