Easter is the day that Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Christ from the tomb. It is this day that brings hope to those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ as the Savior “…to the Jew first, and then the Greek.” Romans 1:16 ESV. Of course, the “Greek” speaks of us who have been “grafted” into His plan, Romans 11.
In our observation of His resurrection, we sometimes forget about the events leading up to His crucifixion, entombment, and resurrection. Christians around the world refer to this as Holy Week or Passion Week. Different denominations celebrate this week differently. Some celebrate more ceremonial than others (Ash Wednesday for some), while others just memorialize the week in their studies and prayer life leading up to Easter Day. Whichever way it is remembered, the most important part of the week is remembered through a proper interpretation of scripture. In this series of devotions, we will be observing three days of this week.
The first day of this week we call Palm Sunday. This is the remembrance of Christ’s “triumphant” entry into Jerusalem. This entrance also declares His establishment of the Kingdom of God and the promise of His entrance into the heavenly Jerusalem with all believers with Him (Revelation 21). This study can be found in both Luke 12 and Matthew 21. But before we read those accounts, it is very important to tie in the prophecy of Zechariah. In Zechariah 9:9, he declares, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Jesus humbly entered into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey while being celebrated by the children of Israel as they place palm branches on the ground before Him (this is where we derive the name “Palm Sunday”). This humble entrance confused the disciples at first, but then they remembered the prophecy of Zechariah. This is just one moment of many where the disciples were amazed at Christ’s fulfillment of what was foretold of the prophets.
*Can you remember a time in your life where you were reminded of the Truth of His Word?
*When you celebrate His resurrection, do you ever think of the days that lead up to that moment?
*How do you, or what can you do to celebrate that time?
*Do you ever look back to the days of the prophets as you study the life of Christ, and see how the promises are fulfilled in the 33 years of His life?