Save us, we pray, O LORD! O LORD, we pray, give us success!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! Psalm 118:25-26
This expression when translated into Greek becomes Hosanna.
“Hosanna! O Save us, Lord!”
This afternoon the boys and I made palm leaves. (Ahem, don’t knock my craft abilities.)
As we sat together cutting and clipping, the boys and I discussed the symbolism of this common Easter tradition.
In Jewish culture, a palm branch was a national symbol. By waving this leaf, the people were hailing Jesus as the Davidic king. They quoted the long awaited promise of Psalm 118: 25-26 “O save us, we pray! Give us success!”
“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Tonight at dinner, I chose one little Crenshaw to be in a seat of honor. His path, similar to Jesus’, was marked by the Jewish symbol of palm leaves.
We read John 12:12,13…
The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 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!”
We discussed the importance of this honorable gesture and dreamed: How awesome to have been there that day! Can you imagine how powerful to see this promised King entering into town!
I posed the question:
“If you were there, what would you have cried out to Jesus?”
Grant said, “I would have yelled, ‘Hey Jesus! I’m glad your here!'”
Yes. Aren’t you glad, too?
Because of Christ’s coming, His death and blessed resurrection, we all sit at a place of honor. At the King’s table. As His sons. And daughters.
Enjoy your family this Palm Sunday.
Let me know if you do a fun activity!
(The above activity was inspired by Thriving Family magazine.)