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Verse of the Week

“So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” John 12:13

What does this verse mean to us?

This Bible verse comes from a story that tells us about Palm Sunday. It also tells us how Palm Sunday got its name.

In this story, Jesus came into Jerusalem on a donkey. At first, Jesus’ disciples didn’t understand why he came into town on a donkey, but then they remembered what had been written in the Old Testament:

“Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!”

As Jesus rode into town, a great crowd came to see him. The crowd had heard stories of Jesus performing miracles, and so they gathered to meet him. As he came into town, they glorified him with branches of palm trees. They bowed to him and praised him, shouting “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

The interesting thing about this story is that these people, the people who bowed and praised Jesus as he rode into town, were the very same people that crucified on the cross just a week later.

That might make us ask: Why did the people turn on him? Well, the Bible explains it this way.

The Jews, the people of Jerusalem, were the ones that greeted Jesus as he came into town. They were impressed by what they had heard of his miracles, so they praised him. However, the Jews had very strict laws that they had to live by, and according to those laws, Jesus had to die because he claimed to be the Son of God. The Jews didn’t believe Jesus was the Son of God; they believed he was a false prophet and so they crucified him. Many of the authorities and people believed in Jesus, but they didn’t tell because they were afraid and ashamed.

John 12:43 says that the people betrayed Jesus because they loved the glory that comes from men more than the glory that comes from God. As Jesus explained to us, if we love and serve him, the world will not love us. People are unreliable and we cannot always count on them; even Jesus was betrayed by his close friend and disciple Judas. However, even if we can’t trust man, if we put our faith in God and serve Him, we know that he will never let us down.

Let’s start the week off with a prayer.

“Dear God,

Thank you for the Easter holiday. Thank you for what it means to us and for what it means to you. Thank you for sending Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. Please God help us to trust in you above everything else. Amen.”

-J. Edwards Holt

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35 Comments

  1. PaulM27 PaulM27

    Great story!

  2. Dmoney57 Dmoney57

    Excellent retelling of Palm Sunday!

  3. Tom S Tom S

    Well written, lots of wisdom in this story.

  4. LTmighty LTmighty

    Just said the prayer.

  5. Connie J Connie J

    Good job, Josh!

  6. Maxo19 Maxo19

    I love the book of John

  7. Shell98 Shell98

    Very good. I really enjoy your blogs

  8. Samthomas Samthomas

    I’m going to use this in my Sunday school lesson next week! Very good

  9. Mark V Mark V

    Awesome devo!

  10. Papajohnny Papajohnny

    Excellent, excellent!

  11. dm43 dm43

    Your a good writer

  12. Toucansammy Toucansammy

    I like the Easter book

  13. Mike Smith Mike Smith

    Good recap. I was always fascinated with this story.

  14. TyP TyP

    Well written my friend

  15. ShamOnMe ShamOnMe

    Traitors! 😛

  16. Polly Polly

    Makes no sense that Jesus’s people turned on him. What losers.

  17. Lamentater Lamentater

    Bookmarking this for sure!

  18. All things good All things good

    Another great blog

  19. Goodsamaritan Goodsamaritan

    Happy Easter everybody!

  20. Bill T Bill T

    Love the prayer at the end

  21. Graybill Graybill

    I’ve already used three of your devotions for Wednesday night church service. It was a hit with the kids!

  22. Moneymaker06 Moneymaker06

    Short, sweet and to the point. Love it!

  23. Gman57 Gman57

    Glad to see people still know the true meaning of Easter

  24. Opsblack40 Opsblack40

    Keep up the good work! Very proud of your accomplishments!

  25. saddlebru6 saddlebru6

    Beautiful

  26. Philly Philly

    Great for the kids and I like it too

  27. KimC KimC

    My son loved your book!

  28. Captain/ Captain/

    Little men big treasures was awesome!

  29. Carl Carl

    Good work!!

  30. Editorial96 Editorial96

    Better than I expected 😀

  31. MasterJedi MasterJedi

    Nice one Josh

  32. Dflabby Dflabby

    Enjoyable and accurate. Well done!

  33. Exmachina Exmachina

    Cool story bro

  34. JamesDEdwards JamesDEdwards

    Thanks for a great Easter devotional, Josh! God bless you!

  35. SAM HOLT SAM HOLT

    Son, I enjoyed reading this. Happy Easter

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