Palm Sunday is also called Passion Sunday. The Passion of Christ refers to his severe suffering and the intensity of his emotions as he was tried, and then crucified on the cross. The cross was used as an implement of death, but has become the most important symbol of Christianity. Christians wear crosses, keep one or more in our homes and display them on and in our churches.
God used the horrible event of the Crucifixion for the saving benefit of anyone who would acknowledge Christ as living Lord and Savior. Christ died that we might all know true life as children of the loving God.
St. Paul put it this way: “Through him God [Christ]was pleased to reconcile to himself all things … by making peace through the blood of his cross” (Colossians 1:20, NRSV).
They pluck their palm branches and hail Him as King
– Early on Sunday;
They spread out their garments; Hosannas they sing
– Early on Sunday.
But where is the noise of their hurrying feet,
The crown they would offer, the scepter, the seat?
Their King wanders hungry, forgot in the street
– Early on Monday.
Edwin McNeill Poteat
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