Palm Sunday marks the beginning of what we know as Passion Week or Holy Week. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The term “Passion” in Passion Week refers to the inhumane suffering Jesus experienced on the cross to make redemption possible for mankind. The Passion Week is crowned with Easter or Resurrection Sunday. Christians make much of the Easter season because the events, Jesus’ death and resurrection, are the two pillars of the Christian good news. “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,  that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,  and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve” (1 Corinthians 15:3-5). The gospel is the sun in the universe of what Christians believe. In sum, the events we remember during the Easter season display that fundamental truth God did for us in Christ what we could never do for ourselves. “For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3). Because the Easter season sets before us the most precious and essential truth of the gospel, we should prepare ourselves so that we can spiritually benefit from the Easter season. In the spirit of preparing ourselves to spiritually profit from the Easter season, here are four ways to prepare for Palm Sunday.
- Read the triumphal entry passages in the gospels. All four gospels record Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem: Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19. All four accounts reveal the significance of the triumphal entry. It was a profoundly important event in Jesus’ life.
- Reflect on the significance of the triumphal entry. Jesus was introduced as King! This has major implications for here & now and then & there. The here & now implication is that we should pay homage to the King and give our lives in service to Him. The then & there implication is that He will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 7:9; 17:14; 19:16).
- Delight that the King came to deliver you from the kingdom of darkness and that, by grace alone through faith alone, He transferred you into His kingdom. “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14). Do this corporately on Sunday. Gather with other kingdom constituents and worship the King.
O worship the King all-glorious above,
O gratefully sing his power and his love:
Our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise
(Robert Grant, “O Worship the King,” 1833)
- Commit or recommit yourself to the King. There is no better time than Palm Sunday than to yield yourself to the King for the first time or anew. Is Jesus your King? If not, why not? There are are only two ways to live. If He is, does your life reveal complete allegiance to Him?