One of the highlights of being a world champion in any sport is the victory parade. In the United States, the most prominent parades always happen for the Super Bowl Champion. Whole cities shut down to come out and cheer for their champion. Palm Sunday is Jesus’ victory parade. All of Jerusalem came out to shout “Hosanna” as he traveled into the city.
And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”
When Roman generals returned from a battle, they always led a procession of their army into town. He would enter on a white horse followed by his troops, the spoils of victory, and the slaves he had captured. It was quite an event as the whole town would come out and cheer the parade. Jesus had his victory parade as well. It happened during the Passover feast. Thousands and thousands came out and shouted and waved palm branches.
The Jews cried out, “Hosanna!” Hosanna means “Save us.” Israel was looking to Jesus to be their military savior, bringing them to victory over the Romans. It wasn’t time for that yet, which is why he rode in on a donkey. Donkeys symbolized peace; horses represented war. Jesus came in on a lowly donkey to show Israel that he came to bring peace. We get victory in our life through Jesus Christ. He saved us from eternal death, and we have overcome the world. Palm Sunday was Jesus’ victory parade.
Did you know that when you started to follow Jesus, you instantly became victorious over sin, this world, and death? That is the way Jesus and His angels look at you. They don’t see you as a failure but as someone who is victorious in Jesus Christ. Walk in that victory. Not as a pompous Roman general, but as a redeemed sinner who has been plucked from the gates of hell. Nothing can separate you from that victory.