When I think of Palm Sunday, I’m reminded of years past when I taught children’s Sunday School. There is usually a children’s program scheduled on this day that consists of kids of all ages waving palm branches and singing songs of praise to Jesus.
You may think that we teachers just stand up there coaxing the children to sing louder because we have nothing better to do. Sorry to disappoint you, but as teachers, we hope and pray that the seemingly ritualistic Palm Sunday children’s program stays with the kids and that they will remember the meaning behind it.
We also hope that something in the presentation will soften the hearts of the parents and help them to come back to a solid relationship with the Lord. As teachers, we hope and we pray that our efforts will be blessed by God and produce results. Palm Sunday children’s programs are a seed-planting mission of sorts. That’s why we practice those songs over and over (and over…) sigh.
We teach the children simple songs like “Jesus Loves Me” because we want them to remember throughout their lives that no matter what happens, they have a Savior who loves them and wants them to lean completely on Him every day – to keep them safe and help them make good decisions.
What are the benefits of becoming a Christian? Let’s review… the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 is a perfect example of how God provides for His own. We never have to worry about being left alone or lonely. Our needs – all of them – are supplied every day. We see the hand of God all the time.
We give, but we will never out-give our Father in heaven. His limitless resources are ours if we will just ask. He has provided His Holy Spirit to protect and guide us. He has promised us a home in heaven where streets are pure gold and gates are made of pearl. Down here we see gold as so precious, but God uses it to make the streets! I mean, if that doesn’t give you some perspective…
He promises us a mansion – again, something that people spend years saving and sacrificing to buy on this earth – is just given to those who call Christ Lord once this life is over. I’ve got it on good authority that we won’t even have to mow or trim the lawn either – no maintenance with this mansion. No property taxes… that alone – well – it’s a good thing. You might say… it’s HEAVEN.
Angels singing and no more night because we won’t have to sleep – we will have new bodies that won’t get tired. They won’t have chronic illness or joints that wear out. There will be no Alzheimer’s, no Diabetes, no Parkinson’s or any other affliction in heaven – it will all be behind us and we can just be with the LORD forever.
You can’t see me (and I can’t prove it), but I’m waving my palm branch today for KING JESUS. I’m thanking Him for all the promises that He has made, has kept, and will keep in the future. He is worthy of our praise. Hail King Jesus! ❤