For almost my entire life it had ZERO impact, recently that changed in major ways. Here’s why. In ancient cultures, Palm Branches were symbols of victory and goodness. Because of that people would wave palm branches to celebrate a victory or declare goodness. Palm Branches carried such symbolic weight that they would be inscribed on coins and even structures. This is why Kings would enter a city being celebrated by the waving of ...you guessed it. Palm Branches. The people were saying through their actions, our King has brought us and will continue to bring us victory and goodness. On Palm Sunday, our King entered like other Kings, people were waving Palm Branches and singing and shouting....they were declaring that He was the long awaited King of Israel...the Messiah. This was just like the entrance of other Kings.... HOWEVER.... Our King came in on a colt NOT a stallion. This both fulfilled prophecy (Zech 9) but also symbolized the kind of Kingdom this King was ushering in. A Kingdom that would be different than any other Kingdom. One that would triumph through love, one that would conquer through peace, a Kingdom that would be moved forward by the small, the weak...the mustard seed things of this world...a kind of Kingdom where unridden colts would get their chance. The weak would be made strong, the voiceless would be given a voice because of the ONE they would be under.
This explains what is going on in 1 Kings 6, Mt 21, Mk 11, John 12 and finally Revelation 7
1 Kings 6:29 = A picture of the past and a hope for the future
"On the walls all around the temple, in both the inner and outer rooms, he carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers.”
Solomon had the image of Palm branches carved into the walls of the Temple. A declaration of Gods goodness and victory in the past and certainly a prophetic picture of who and what was to come.
Revelation 7:9-11 = A reality of the past and certainty of our future
"After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”
THEREFORE......PALM SUNDAY MATTERS!!!
Palm Sunday was the fulfillment of prophecy (Zech 9:9, Mt 21, Mk 11, John 12)
Palm Sunday was the natural celebration of a King
Palm Sunday was the un-natural arrival of a King on a colt
Palm Sunday was the right and correct response of the people ONLY because of what would take place 7 days later (Resurrection Sunday)
Palm Sunday is still a prophecy of what is to come
Palm Sunday is the GREAT REHEARSAL of what we will do throughout eternity.
Every tribe, every nation, crying out in one voice, palm branches in hand, worshipping, lifting high the name of our God....Hosanna was then, Hosanna is now, Hosanna will forever be!