All glory, laud, and honor,
to thee, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children
made sweet hosannas ring.

1. Thou art the King of Israel,
thou David’s royal Son,
who in the Lord’s name comest,
the King and Blessed One.

2. The company of angels
are praising thee on high,
and we with all creation
in chorus make reply.

3. The people of the Hebrews
with psalms before thee went;
our prayer and praise and anthems
before thee we present.

4. To thee, before thy passion,
they sang their hymns of praise;
to thee, now high exalted,
our melody we raise.

5. Thou didst accept their praises;
accept the prayers we bring,
who in all good delightest,
thou good and gracious King.

Today is Palm Sunday, when Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before His death and resurrection. According to the Gospel of John the crowds in Jerusalem came out to greet Jesus carrying palm branches, which they either waved or strewed in His path. It’s a somewhat stressful day for most children’s Sunday School teachers. There is usually a children’s choir presentation, abbreviated church service and potluck lunch afterward. I taught children’s Sunday School for many years so I know these things. 🙂

Do you think any of those folks waving palm branches and shouting HOSANNA to Jesus would have guessed that in less than a week they would be witnessing His crucifixion? I keep wondering how that would feel to one who was there. The fickle behavior of man has always amazed me (not in a good way). On Sunday they were at the triumphal entry and by Friday they were crucifying Him. Wow. But the thing is, Jesus rode in on a Donkey. He maintained humility because HE knew what would happen. He knew HE was the sacrificial lamb of God. Was He surprised by it? Not at all. Now, I’m not saying Jesus had no choice – He definitely had a choice. He could have said – Nope, not gonna do this for man. He didn’t call the angels to take Him back to heaven and leave us all to perish. He died for us – willingly GAVE His life – for us – so we might be saved.

We can go to the most uplifting church service on Palm Sunday and hear the most charismatic sermon, sing songs of praise that make us think we will be floating on clouds for months – then later in the week something can come our way and that mountaintop experience can just flat-line suddenly. I’ve been there and I’m pretty sure you have too.

Have we lost our salvation? Well of course we haven’t lost it! Life is not all about mountaintops. There are some serious valley experiences that come along. I’m so thankful to God that my salvation does not depend on emotions, but on faith. Some days it is a quiet faith that just hangs on – but it is there! I know whether I’m waving palm branches or witnessing something completely unbelievable taking place, God is in control of everything and whatever is happening is part of HIS big plan – HIS big picture! I have to trust that it’s going to be ok. ❤