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Traditional Palm Sunday observance

Traditional church alter
Traditional church alterKenneth Oster family photos

Palm Sunday and Easter are important days for churches all across the country. Palm Sunday recognizes the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem just a few days from his crucifixion and resurrection. Many people will attend church Palm Sunday all across Northern Colorado, not really realizing all of the important events that surrounded His entry into Jerusalem.

In the Bible, the events surrounding Palm Sunday began with the colt that God provided Jesus to ride into the city of Jerusalem. As Jesus rode into the city, people went before Him casting palm branches in the way declaring Him to be King. In just a few days these same people would be shouting for His crucifixion. This is a testament to how quickly the human heart can change in response to external political pressure.

An important event happens when Jesus visits the Temple. Jesus drove out the money changers and those that were selling animals to be sacrificed at the alter. Jesus declared that "My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer?"(Mark 11:17)  This is a great lesson for all of us who attend our local church this coming Sunday. I fear that many churches have lost sight of the real reasons that churches should exist.

Another important event leading up to the crucifixion is the cursing of the fig tree. The tree had beautiful foliage, but it had no fruit. This is an important lesson for people who call themselves Christians. God expects His people to be fruitful. Congregations in America build beautiful church buildings, and have more bounty than most people in the world could ever imagine, yet so much of the world lives in spiritual darkness without any true knowledge of God and His Son.

I encourage people as they attend services Palm Sunday in their beautiful church building in Longmont, Boulder, or anywhere on the Front Range, to remember  that there is a Biblical foundation for Palm Sunday and Easter.  These should not simply be days that families dress up and attend church, but these should be days that Christians remember that God used the events that we call Palm Sunday and Easter to bring about His plan of salvation for mankind.

Additional resource:

History of the King James Bible of 1611   http://www.av1611.org/kjv/kjvhist.html

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