Lenten Blog – 3/24/2018

We are going fishing with a group from church to Fort Desoto Beach today. I love the ocean and the beach. I love the palm trees there and Palm trees do make me think of the beach. I remember from doing some research that there are only two places that Palm branches are mentioned in the Bible.  First is in the Palm Sunday Bible accounts of Jesus entering Jerusalem at the beginning of Holy Week. Then the other passage is a future view of heaven from Revelation chapter 7.

After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9-10)

As a Florida transplant, I am first of all glad to hear there are Palm branches in heaven because that means heaven is a warmer tropical climate, no occasional Noreasters.  This passage from Revelation and the view from heaven is a little bit of the repeat of Palm Sunday but instead of shouting ‘Hosanna,” (which means Lord save us) they were celebrating the salvation of Jesus from the past.  As we are about to enter Holy Week we are celebrating the incredible account of everything that Jesus said and did in this most incredible week.  It happened 2000 years ago but God wants the joy of all that he accomplished to last forever.

In Christ’s Service, 

Pastor Dave