Bible Studies, Christian Growth, Devotionals

Symbols of Victory

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“The next day, when the large crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took palm branches and went out to meet Him. They kept shouting: ‘Hosanna! He who comes in the name of the Lord is the blessed One—the King of Israel (John 12:12-13 HCS).”

Have you ever been part of a festival’s exuberant crowd? The excitement is contagious. We lived in the historical city of De Funiak Springs Florida, for several years. Serving as home to the annual Chautauqua Festival, it has drawn crowds numbering several thousand. I have a sense of what the Jerusalem crowd anticipated as they waited for the arrival of Jesus…

They awaited their King, expecting him to deliver them from Roman rule. As symbols of victory they palmed palm branches and rushed to see this Jesus, King of Israel. Shouting praises they gave him an enthusiastic welcome. The public opinion quickly changed. In a matter of days, shouts of ‘Crucify Him’ replaced ‘Hosanna.’

“Pilate asked them, ‘What should I do then with Jesus, who is called Messiah?’ They all answered, ‘Crucify Him (Matthew 27:22 HCS).”