For thirty years my Mom prepared the crafts for her two year old Sunday School class. For Palm Sunday she made these simple construction paper palm trees for the little children to wave as they sang. She loved teaching even the youngest children to sing praises to Jesus and knew that those early lessons would be a stepping stone for their understanding of the whole Easter story.
The triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem happened just as Zechariah had prophesied hundreds of years earlier.
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.
Some people put their coats on the ground and others took branches and covered the ground as they sang "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD! Hosanna in the highest."
The same crowds that were waving palm branches and making a path of palm branches for Jesus singing Hosanna, were calling for his crucifixion five days later.
Let us go into this week with praise and thanksgiving for Jesus and for his sacrifice on our behalf!
Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!