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 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Luke 19:37-38 NIV

What is Palm Sunday? Why do we celebrate it? These are questions you might be asking. Let's dig in to see what we can find. Palm Sunday is the day celebrating Jesus's entry into Jerusalem. This was no normal entry though. He came riding in on a donkey with people shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!" and waving palm branches and laying down their cloaks before him. This was no normal entry, this was a party, a celebration. Why though? If you know a little bit about the Christian faith, you know that Jesus will be crucified only a few days after. So, why the celebration? The thing is, the people following Jesus did not know that. They thought this was their long awaited King, their Messiah. They thought Jesus was going to save them from the Romans and establish Israel as God's chosen nation and deliver them from their oppression. The problem was that Jesus did not come to Jerusalem to do that. He did come to save people from their oppression. However, He came to save the whole world from the oppression of sin. His plan was so much bigger than delivering the Jews from the Romans. He came to defeat the real enemy, Satan. 

Jesus coming to Jerusalem was God's plan to defeat sin and death. This plan is woven all throughout the bible. From the fall of man to the Resurrection, this was always the plan. The good news is that the plan worked. Sorry for the spoilers, but we see Jesus come into Jerusalem, get betrayed, beaten, mocked, and eventually crucified. All of this to be the ultimate sacrifice, the one who would forgive the sins of the entire world. This means you too, Jesus' sacrifice is great enough to cover your sins, your family's sins, your neighbor's sins and everyone else's sins. All someone must do to receive this salvation is to believe in His name. So, we celebrate this day because this is the beginning of Holy Week. This is the beginning of what our faith is built upon. The cool thing is it is just the beginning. I would encourage you to follow along as we get ready for the bigger celebration on Easter Sunday morning. You can like us on facebook for more updates and click the link below to see all of the info for Easter Sunday. Hope to see you there because it is going to be a great morning.