Holy Week Devotional - Palm Sunday

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During Holy Week we will be posting daily devotionals that reflect on what happened each day during Holy Week. We hope and pray the Lord uses these devotionals, and additional resources, to encourage you and grow you in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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What Happened on Palm Sunday?

Suggested Readings

Jesus enters Jerusalem
Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:29-44; John 12:12-19

Jesus predicts His death
John 12:20-36

Jesus visits the temple
Matthew 21:14-17; Mark 11:11

Devotional

Have you ever been wronged by someone who you were actively working to help or care for? Our cynical culture has a phrase for this type of situation “no good deed goes unpunished”. It usually doesn’t take long to stoke a desire for vengeance, feelings of indignation and self-righteousness… It is easy to think, ‘how unworthy were they of my good deed?’

Jesus defines, for all time, what it means to endure unearned punishment. On Palm Sunday we see Jesus enter into Jerusalem… He knows what awaits Him (John 12:20-36). He hears the cries of praise from the crowd, knowing full well that no one will be praising Him come Friday—that He will soon be deserted, left to absorb the wrath earned by them, by us.

Jesus did not let his love for us and dedication to this world’s redemption be dependent on our ability embrace Him. Like these crowds, and like Peter, our zealous loyalty is fragile. The reason His sacrifice is needed is because we cannot overcome our sin nature and praise Him rightly on our own accord. He is gracious to love us beyond the limits of our praise.

Reflection

  1. Read Paul’s instruction in Philippians 2:3-4.  How does this command to believers, find its root in Christ’s perfect picture of love?

  2. Jesus is due all praise and worship, what are ways that we, as believers, can worship Him in each day, throughout the day?

Worship Through Song

Remember Me

Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom
Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom

Who can ascend the hill of the Lord?
The one who utters no untrue word
Whose hands are clean, whose heart is pure
Who can ascend that hill?

There is none righteous, no not one
We are prodigal daughters and wayward sons
We don't know the half of the hurt we've done
The countless we have killed

Our priests are cheats, our prophets are liars
We know what the law requires
But we pile our sins up higher and higher
Who can ascend that hill?

And I am a sheep who has gone astray
I have turned aside to my own way
Have mercy on me, Son of David

Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom
Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom

Now hear the voice of the Word made man
The spotless sacrificial Lamb
"A body You gave me, here I am
I have come to do Your will"

And no one takes my life, you see
I lay it down now willingly
And I will draw all men to me
When I ascend that hill

On Sunday You came as a King
On Monday washed the temple clean
On Tuesday You told of what will be
On Wednesday You waited patiently
On Thursday You said it is time
I'll drink this cup 'cause it is mine
On Friday, Lord, You poured the wine

Like a thief on the cross, as He hung there dying
For crimes, there were no use denying
While the righteous Judge hung right beside him
How could I not recognize You?
How could I not recognize You?
How could I not recognize... my Lord?

My Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom
Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom

Just days ago the sky was stone
The trees were standing stripped to the bone
You could hear creation groan

But I write these words on an April day
And the earth is drinking the early rain
The hills remember green again

And we've heard this story all our lives
Still, we feel the pain of the crucified
And the end still comes as a surprise

But before the breath there in the tomb
Before our joy sprang from the womb
You saw a day that's coming soon

When the Son will stand on the mount again
With an army of angels at His command
And the earth will split like the hull of a seed
Wherever Jesus plants His feet

And up from the earth, the dead will rise
Like spring trees robed in petals of white
Singing the song of the radiant bride

And we will always be, always be, always be with the Lord
We will always be, always be, always be with the Lord
We will always... (we will always be, always be)
Be with Jesus (always be with the Lord)

My Lord, remember me (we will always be, always be)
When You come into Your kingdom (always be with the Lord)
Lord, remember me (we will always be, always be)
When You come into Your kingdom (always be with the Lord)


Additional Resources

Video: Holy Week - Palm Sunday

Filmed in conjunction with the book The Final Days of Jesus, this video features short explanations from and interviews with New Testament professors Doug Moo (of Wheaton College Graduate School) and Andreas Köstenberger (of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary).

Holy Week Spotify Playlist

We created a Spotify playlist with music focused on Holy Week. We hope these songs will help you reflect on this momentous week, and help prepare your heart as we reflect on and celebrate these events.