Palm Sunday

Palm1 Today we are in the middle of a paradox. On the one hand, we are filled with joy. As Jesus enters Jerusalem, throngs of people rejoice. The promised Savior has finally come! The Messiah is here! Redemption is at hand!  But then, on the other hand, we turn towards the sorrowful narrative of our Lord’s rejection, suffering, and death – with his passion. Palm Sunday is also Passion Sunday.It is a solemn, silent moment.
How can a day of triumph be filled with both joy and sorrow? Because what seems to be Christ’s defeat is actually his victory, the victory of everlasting love. "A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13).That’s what Jesus taught, and that’s what he did in his passion, to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that his love for us has no limits. The angels sang "Glory to God in the Highest" when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, and now the people sing, "Hosanna in the Highest" as Jesus enters Jerusalem.
Both entrances were motivated by God’s love, the same love that led him to be obedient to the Father even to the point of death, so as to reverse the disobedience of Adam, pay the price of our sins, and rescue fallen mankind from hopelessness and injustice.
We have solved our paradox. The source of our sorrow is sin, our sins, the cause of Christ’s suffering. But the source of our joy is Christ’s love, the very reason Jesus was willing to suffer, and the very power that, through his sacrifice on the cross, conquers our sins. And so Christians can always live inside the paradox of Palm Sunday, can always find joy, the joy of Christ’s limitless love, even amidst the profoundest sorrows.