Happy Palm Sunday Friends!
I thought I would forgo my Friday blog in favor of bringing you an entry on this special day!
Palm Sunday is the day in which Jesus embarked from Bethany, and rode over the Mount of Olives being proclaimed as King by the crowds who had gathered before Passover.
Today, it is marked by a procession of both the local faithful and pilgrims from all over the world – and it's going on right now!
It is especially festive as both the Eastern and Western calendars match this year – meaning the Christian holidays for the Latin and Orthodox believers coincide.
The crowds make their way down the path on the Mount waving palm branches and singing Hosanna and other hymns related to Christ's entry into the city of Jerusalem.
It takes about 3 hours the estimated 10,000 participants to complete the walk. Once inside the Old City, and the bottom of the Via Dolorosa, the worshipers collect at the Pool of Bethesda – where Jesus healed the paralytic, and share songs and a message of exhortation.
I hope today – you take the opportunity to praise Jesus as your King – that no matter what kind of mountainous problems you have, you would say to Him “Hosanna” – the root of which in Hebrew is “Save us O Lord”.
God appreciates our acknowledgement of Who He is and what He has done for us.
And don't forget – you can come over here in June and see the Mount of Olives – see the Pool of Bethesda, and see so much more of where Jesus was by joining us on a LeSEA tour of the Land of the Bible. Go to www.leseatours.com to find out what's waiting for you to see!
So, as we have thus officially kicked of Holy Week in Jerusalem, with all it's pageantry and penitence, lets all devote a part of each of these days to come to God with awe, with humility, and yes – praise for His Salvation found in the Sacrifice and Resurrection of His Son.
Happy Palm Sunday from the Holy Land,
Middle East Correspondent