Palm Sunday is the day we remember the “triumphal entry” of Jesus into Jerusalem, exactly one week before His resurrection (Matthew 21:1-11).

“A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.”  Why did they spread their cloaks and put psalm branches on the road?  These were tokens of honor. In ancient times, throwing cloaks in the path of someone was an act of homage and submission. Psalm branches were symbols of victory and royalty.

Today, how can we honor Jesus?

We honor Jesus when we “love our neighbor.” Jesus defines “neighbor” in the story of the Good Samaritan as anyone and everyone, especially those who are suffering.

In worship on Psalm Sunday, many of us will wave palm branches to remember Jesus riding into Jerusalem, but more importantly, how will we honor Him on Monday morning and every morning thereafter?

In Matthew 25:34-40, Jesus says, we honor and love Him when we:

  • Feed the hungry
  • Give water to the thirsty
  • Welcome a stranger
  • Clothe the poor
  • Visit the prisoner

Consider honoring Jesus this week.

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Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder is the founder of the Wisdom of the Wounded ministry. She lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband Larry.


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