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April 13, 2014

“The Procession in the Streets of Jerusalem” by James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum of Art (PD-ArtlPD-Age-100)

The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out:

‘Hosanna!
“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!”
The King of Israel!’ ” (John 12: 12-13).

In the ancient world palm branches were used to signify triumph, eternal life, and peace. Successful Greek athletes were awarded a palm branch.  The Roman goddess of victory carried a palm frond.

The ecstatic crowd gathered for Passover welcomed Christ to Jerusalem that first Palm Sunday by waving palm branches and quoting from Psalm 118.  The psalm, also, contains the line, “Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.”

As Christians, we know that Christ was the sacrifice who five days later would willingly take our sins upon Himself and give His life for ours…no cords required except those of love.

Five hundred years earlier, Isaiah had described the Lord as saying, “ ‘See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands…’ ” (Isaiah 49: 16).

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