Living Palm Sunday Lives

This past Sunday was Palm Sunday. You will recall the story of Jesus coming into the city and being greeted by people who cried out “Hosanna, Glory in the Highest.” Read it for yourself before you continue reading this post.

[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!” Matthew 21:8-9 (NKJV)

Began what is known as Passion week, where Jesus had to endure the cross before he could be crowned King. He was the Suffering Servant but also the Sovereign King. He had to die so that you and I could enjoy fellowship with God. He came to set us free from sin’s curse. Glory to God in the Highest for His faithfulness to redeem that which is not worthy of redemption!

One of my professors began class this week by stating the following, “Strive to live Palm Sunday lives. Don’t recognize Jesus as a king in name only, but also in your life.” This statement changed the way I viewed my entire Monday. So many times I am guilty of ascribing glory to Jesus with my mouth, but choosing my own selfishness over His will for my life. Sometimes my life does not point to the goodness of King Jesus. Sometimes my life is characterized by merely going through the motions and not worshiping Him for who He is.

We all struggle with something, whether it be pride, jealously, or selfish ambition. We want to be the Sovereign over our little universe. All to often we forget that there is only one God and we are not Him.

I’ve been convicted and encouraged to live a life of worship. Truly we must bring glory to Jesus by the way in which we live our lives. We will stumble and fall, but our hearts must beat to the rhythm of the Kingdom. We must pursue Jesus and live a life of worship.

Hebrews 13:14-16 provides us with a most helpful explanation of the kind of worship we bring King Jesus.

[14]  For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. [15]  Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. [16]  But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Hebrews 13:14-16 (NKJV)

Our worship becomes genuine when we love Jesus supremely, investing ourselves in others, and sharing the good we have received with our world.

Let’s live Palm Sunday lives.

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