Today’s Scripture: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. Zechariah 9:9
What is it about Palm Sunday that makes it so important? Why do we celebrate it? What is the significance of this day? It is significant because it was predicted hundreds of years in advance. That is what separates the Bible from every other “good book”. This Book contains fulfilled prophecies by the dozens. This is not a blind faith that God is asking of us, saying “Close your mind to all reason and thinking and just believe.”
Obviously, faith is a key part of salvation and our Christian life, but our faith is based not on fiction or hope. It is built on fact.
Psalm 118:26 predicts some words that would be used on Palm Sunday – “Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”
In today’s Scripture passage we see a prediction of the coming of Jesus on Palm Sunday. As the people gathered, they were saying, “Hosanna, blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.” Can you imagine the scene, the streets full of people? They were cutting down palm branches and laying down their garments. They were preparing a triumphal entry of the King that had been predicted hundreds of years before, and Jesus came and fulfilled the prophecy exactly as predicted.
Accuracy is an important part of prophecy. If a prophet gave a prophecy that was wrong even by ten percent, or he got it mostly right, but it was off by just a little bit, that meant he was a false prophet and would need to be put to death. These prophecies were fulfilled. Jesus did not come in on a white horse; if He had, that would not have been a fulfilled prophecy. He came in exactly as predicted by the Old Testament.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.