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palm sundayTomorrow is Palm Sunday, when according to the Gospel of John, people laid palms at the feet of Jesus as He entered Jerusalem. But why?

Have you ever been to a wedding where the flower girl strews pedals before the bride enters? It is an ancient custom to cover the ground for someone important so they will not get dirty. It is to show respect. It was especially done for kings. The Gospels of Mark and Matthew also mentions people laid their clothes down, similar to the act by Sir Walter Raleigh to the queen centuries later when he whisked off his jacket to cover a mud puddle so she wouldn’t dirty her shoes. That is where rolling out the red carpet comes from as well.

If you had been there on that glorious day, what would you have laid down for Jesus as He passed by your way?

We are told we need to lay our burdens at the foot of the cross. But what else will we lay down for Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?  The answer: everything, because it is His. We are just stewards.

Tomorrow after you wave palm branches at church or  wear crosses woven out of them on your lapel, consider what you can lay at his feet.  Lay something new down each day between now and Easter morning. It will make celebrating His resurrection even more spectacular if you do.


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