“Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth”
As we celebrate Palm Sunday, we remember the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, when the crowds celebrated, waved palm branches and praised Jesus, as many of them had heard his teaching and had seen his miracles. This event fulfilled Zechariah’s prophecy.
The palm branch is a symbol of victory, triumph, peace and eternal life. This triumphal entry into Jerusalem is a foretaste of what will come, as Jesus promised to come again to usher in his Kingdom and rule forever. Sometimes, as we live in this in-between period, it is hard to visualize this future.
We must remember that Jesus wins! Revelation gives us the “end of the story.” We are told that Jesus will return and establish his Kingdom, where peace, love and righteousness will reign. People from every nation will be worshipping around the throne, holding palm branches in their hands in worship to their victorious King!
“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands” REVELATION 7:9
As we live in this sin-inflicted world, we live in light of the reality that one day, Jesus is going to return to establish his Kingdom, where peace, love and righteousness will reign, and people from every tongue, tribe and nation will be at peace because of our common worship of Jesus.