Palm Sunday
April 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

Palm Sunday is an exciting day of worship in the week prior to Easter Sunday Morning. On Palm Sunday we celebrate the “Triumphal Entry” of Jesus into Jerusalem, one week before his resurrection.

In our lives we sometimes get to a point to where we know or have a “this is the time” moment. For Jesus in His journey in ministry this was His “this is the time moment”. We know and understand that God sent Jesus to be a redeemer, and to save the lost. Luke tells us, “for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10 NKJV). God loved us, and for that reason He sent us a sacrifice. Sending us His “only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV). This was God’s perfect God, a gift of love. And for Jesus this was His time to fulfill His purpose for being sent to this world.

We find the scriptures written in Luke 19:28-44 (NKJV) outlining the “Triumphal Entry” stating that as Jesus and a couple of His disciples came close to Jerusalem Jesus gives them a set of specific instructions.

In this passage there are many things that I find interesting, one being that after many years of traveling by foot it appears that now in the last couple miles Jesus is searching for a donkey, but more specifically a “colt, on which no one has ever sat” (Luke 19:30 NKJV). The other is where Jesus states that “if anyone asks” why you are taking the donkey Jesus sates tell them, “because the Lord has need of it” (Luke 19:31 KNJV).

We know that Jesus wasn’t ever a “needy” person or one who typically ever “needed” or even “asked” for anything. He did ask for a drink of water once from the Woman at the well, however there are not many if any other times where Jesus ever “needed” anything…

With this in mind we also know that Jesus also stating “the Lord needs it” is interesting. Yes, Jesus could have been speaking of Himself. But I believe it is much more likely that “the Lord needs it” is referring to the His Father’s overall purpose for Him on this earth. Jesus was sent as the Savior of the World, and God the Father had a plan that was falling into place and this was Jesus’ “this is the time” moment. Much like the moment when Jesus says, “Father, if possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39 NKJV).

Jesus here gives us the knowledge and understanding that in this moment is was about the will of the Father not necessarily his will but a interesting thought into the concept of “the LORD has need of it”…


In this moment in life, is it about YOUR will or what you need? OR is it about HIS will and what the LORD has need of in your life? We must surrender to Him and His will in our lives and live each day to please Him and fulfill His purpose in our lives.


Just some thoughts for your study this week.


Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III


Matthew 26:39 (NKJV)

39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.


Other Resource: Matthew 21:1-11 (NKJV)

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